Her Pride And Joy

Late yesterday evening Jackie raced round the garden with her camera, gleefully photographing her pride and joy. Petunias, pelargoniums, phlox, fuchsias, clematises, alliums, agapanthuses, dahlias, verbenas, campanulas, erigeron, lilies, Japanese anemones, diascias, begonias, eucalyptus, roses, and no doubt many I’ve missed. As usual, clicking on any image will produce the gallery, each member of whichContinue reading “Her Pride And Joy”

Moulting

We spent the hot summer’s cloudless day gardening; well, Jackie spent the day at it while I chipped in intermittently. Jackie took advantage of what shade she could. In addition to dead bloom decapitation and carting clippings to compost bins I produced some photographs. The blooms and garden views in this gallery can be identifiedContinue reading “Moulting”

Better Than Expected

Today’s winds have dropped to 20 m.p.h. When opening the gate for Aaron this morning I checked on the storm damage. There really wasn’t much more than I had noticed yesterday. The downpipe to the water butt on the corner of the kitchen wall had become unstuck; a few extra pots had fallen; the sweetContinue reading “Better Than Expected”

A Walk Round The Garden

The sun emerged quite late today. After I had opened the gate for Aaron. These are a few shots I took on the way there and back. As usual accessing these two galleries with clicks will access titles. Much of the rest of the day was spent listening to the Ashes Test Match. This eveningContinue reading “A Walk Round The Garden”

Unashamedly Odious

CLICK ON A SINGLE IMAGE TO ENLARGE. CLICKING ON THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS ¬†GALLERIES, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Once hailed as ‘one of Hampshire’s loveliest gardens’ we last visited Apple Court Garden, under its previous ownership in the spring of 2014.Continue reading “Unashamedly Odious”

Spot the Bees

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL EXAMPLES OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Jackie continued watering the garden this morning. This afternoon we both carried out an extensive dead-heading session. After this, I wandered among the flitting butterflies andContinue reading “Spot the Bees”

Sparrows To The Right Of Us, Sparrows To The Left Of Us

IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK THAT CAN BE REPEATED This afternoon I wandered around the garden seeking flowers I may not yet have featured this year. These lilies have just popped in a patio planter. The agapanthuses in the Palm Bed again stretch across the Gazebo Path. They stand alongside these Rudbeckia andContinue reading “Sparrows To The Right Of Us, Sparrows To The Left Of Us”

Knickerbocker Glory

I did a little bit of dead-heading in the Rose Garden this morning, and watched the Wimbledon men’s semi-finals this afternoon. Between matches, I took a break and wandered around the garden, particularly to see how the agapanthuses are coming along. The first image shows them against the backcloth of the Palm Bed, on theContinue reading “Knickerbocker Glory”

A Splendid Morning

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The weather this morning was splendid. The morning was to become more so, with a visit from good friends. In eager anticipation of the arrival Jackie was out early sweeping the corridors, manicuring the green carpet, refreshing the flowers, and generally tidying up the reception room thatContinue reading “A Splendid Morning”