Continuing To Cater

This was another fine, but cool, day. As usual when Jackie stepped out of the stable door to fill the robin family’s breakfast tray Nugget appeared in the wisteria before she had opened the cereal jar. Soon after the Head Gardener had attended to her ever-multiplying avian infants we set out on what was plannedContinue reading “Continuing To Cater”

Feeding Fledglings

Yesterday Jackie photographed these deep magenta gladioli Byzantinus in the evening sunlight. This morning she focussed on her white and blush pink foxgloves happily located beside viburnum Plicatum, red Japanese maple and long lived camellia; not forgetting blue iris, white Erigeron and osteospermum sharing a bed with diurnal orange poppies; her favourite colour way ofContinue reading “Feeding Fledglings”

Relaxed Restrictions

Late yesterday afternoon, beginning with “Where’s Nugget?” (78), Jackie produced a series of photographs. She was fascinated by the hairy borage and a spiky caterpillar masquerading as a cactus. Clematis Star of India occupies the wisteria arbour through which is framed her favourite view of the garden. Left of centre, the Chilean lantern tree wasContinue reading “Relaxed Restrictions”

Meet Nugget Junior

This morning while gardening Jackie photographed rose Emily Gray, a highly scented rambler gracing the back drive border out of sight in this shot; clematis Doctor Ruppel climbing the weeping birch; a row of blue irises with the bonus of a yellow stowaway in the bag of bulbs; Nugget, and his son Junior, still notContinue reading “Meet Nugget Junior”

After His Bath

Today’s brisk north east wind carried a much cooler breeze than the sunshine promised. Fooled by this deception we took a circuitous route taking in Keyhaven Harbour at low tide on our way home. Some moored boats sat on dry land; others, with buoys bobbed on the rippling shallow surfaces while winds whistled through theirContinue reading “After His Bath”

The Nuggets

Today the sun took a breather and the wind gradually increased. This morning Aaron brandished a bramble he had found growing in one of our dead stumps. Yesterday Jackie had photographed the viburnum plicatum sprawling across the West Bed; the Brick Path; the view from the lawn looking past the eucalyptus and through the gazebo;Continue reading “The Nuggets”

Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric

Jackie continued refurbishing hanging baskets and containers such as those she is watering here. At the moment most of these involve cuttings she has preserved over the winter. We have heard today that garden centres are likely to open again next week, thus offering the opportunity for more variety – not that the Head GardenerContinue reading “Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric”

“Where’s Jackie?”

Jackie spent much of the day tending to her hanging baskets and other containers, while I wandered about dead-heading and picking up debris for the compost bin. I did, of course, have my camera handy. We have two new poppy varieties on display. One is Californian; the other I cannot name because it is aContinue reading ““Where’s Jackie?””

Whispering In The Wisteria

Late this afternoon I listened to the deceptively sweet trilling of a rival robin issuing war cries from a tree in the garden of No 5 Downton Lane whilst I stood in the Rose Garden photographing lemon yellow climber Summer Time; aptly named Altissimo glowing against the clear blue sky; Madame Alfred Carriere draped overContinue reading “Whispering In The Wisteria”

Antipodean Visitors

Warm sunshine was the order of the day. Jackie spent much time in shade tending to potted plants, many of which have survived the winter but needed shaves and haircuts. She has suspended some of these from the lopped cypress. My contribution to the general maintenance was a little watering, weeding, and transporting debris toContinue reading “Antipodean Visitors”