Autumn Reflections

Jackie and I each photographed a few flowers blooming yesterday morning. Here are the Assistant Photographer’s contributions. The first three are of Mrs Popple fuchsias and a giant which has lost its label; next is a white solanum with the bright blue Ali Baba planter in the background; the hanging baskets following contain petunias andContinue reading “Autumn Reflections”

Spotlights

General garden maintenance this morning included Jackie’s replanting of the Iron Urn consisting of pansies underplanted with purple tulips, having replaced the root-bound soil; and much more clipping, chopping, and bagging of wayward shrubs. The winter pansies now blend well with the pale purple colchicums or autumn crocuses, phlox, and Japanese anemones while contrasting withContinue reading “Spotlights”

Scents

On a sunny and mild morning I spent some time dead heading and transporting clippings to the compost bins. Jackie pruned and tidied the lawn area, keeping me supplied with bags of refuse. The eucalyptus has now been adorned with its pendant baskets. Nugget played his game in “Where’s Nugget?” (84) and (85). A clickContinue reading “Scents”

She Hasn’t Forgotten Us

The morning of this warm and sunny day was rather abortive. One problem I have not yet been able to solve is that there is no longer a link to my About Derrick Knight page at the top of each of my posts. This applies to all my earlier posts. The snippet that appears atContinue reading “She Hasn’t Forgotten Us”

The Boundary Fence

I have never installed a new Apple Operating System without experiencing a consequent problem. Overnight I let Catalina in. It is not compatible with my scanner. I followed the directions to resolve the issue, but hit a brick wall. This will mean another call to Peacock Computers. This morning Elizabeth came for coffee and stayedContinue reading “The Boundary Fence”

Tattered Beyond Recognition

We enjoyed another day of pleasantly temperate weather. Antirrhinums are blooming throughout the garden. Clematis Marie Boisselot, now entering the third age has applied a blue rinse to her naturally white locks; the stalwart Star of India shines less bright, yet it still graces the Gothic Arch opposite the red and white of Super ElfinContinue reading “Tattered Beyond Recognition”

The Rush Hour

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED We had a very enjoyable time yesterday evening at Vicki and Barrie’s Golden Wedding Celebrations, organised by their children and grandchildren. Pop records and TV adverts from 1967 were played on a monitor. Son, Steve, conducted a spoof ‘Mr and Mrs’ programme that his parents entered intoContinue reading “The Rush Hour”

Mad Max

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED It was finger-tingling cold when Jackie continued her winter planting on this sun-bright ┬ámorning and I photographed some still lingering blooms. Outside the kitchen door pelargoniums, petunias, and erigeron vie for space. More pelargoniums, some with autumnal plumage, as in this urn shared with verbenas, continue toContinue reading “Mad Max”

The Best Part Of The Day

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Friends Rob and Helen visited for lunch today. They arrived late in the morning and remained until early evening. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon catching up with each other. For lunch Jackie had made a superb leek and potato soup followed by plentiful cold meats andContinue reading “The Best Part Of The Day”

A Topsy-Turvy Season

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. A wander round the garden in this balmy morning’s light diffused by wandering clouds above raised questions about what season we are enjoying. An industrious web constructing spider, seeking camouflage in the spent marigold seedpods must have been confused by the plants’ fresh blooms. By early eveningContinue reading “A Topsy-Turvy Season”