Hot Gardening

At different times in this very hot day I have shared watering duties with the Head Gardener and carried some of her refuse to the compost bins. Jackie has continued potting and tidying. When possible she sits and lifts the containers on any available surface. The wisteria draped over its arbour here offers her aContinue reading “Hot Gardening”

Redundant

The Head Gardener has renamed what I have been calling the Kitchen Bed because it runs alongside that room. It has become the Pond Bed because it sprawls across a sunken pond filled in by our predecessors. At the western corner stands the frog pond created from an old cistern; at the eastern end theContinue reading “Redundant”

Not Quite Mid-May

Today’s tour of the garden began with clematis Marie Boisselot in the Kitchen Bed which also contains an as yet small wisteria, clusters of ferns, Japanese maples, the now ubiquitous erigeron, and self seeded bronze fennel which will have to go when it outgrows it’s welcome. Other clematises include Niobe, now rivalling the fading wisteriaContinue reading “Not Quite Mid-May”

Gracing The Back Drive

The weather today was overcast and cold, but mostly dry. A wander round the garden seemed to be in order. The upstairs windows gave me a new perspective in which the rescued red Japanese maple gapes in awe across and above to the majestic copper beech; I could look down on the gazebo clematis; andContinue reading “Gracing The Back Drive”

A More Manageable Garden

Our own garden is rather more manageable for dodgy knees than yesterday’s veritable undulating park. I took an amble around it this afternoon. Jackie thought that this very small daffodil, in one of the stone troughs resting on the front wall, had come up blind. In fact it has bloomed later than most. Behind theContinue reading “A More Manageable Garden”

“I’m Sure I Can’t Allow That”

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT I dozed through the early parts of the day. At 4. p.m. Jackie set me up on Mum’s perching stool at a vantage point beside theContinue reading ““I’m Sure I Can’t Allow That””

Nothing For It

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN ONE OF THE PAIRINGS TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, EACH MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. PHOTOGRAPHS LACKING A PARTNER CAN BE VIEWED WITH A CLICK THAT MAY BE REPEATED I spent a considerable number of frustrating hours attempting toContinue reading “Nothing For It”

Forgotten And Neglected

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK WHICH MAY BE REPEATED IF REQUIRED Aaron worked as hard as ever in the garden this morning. LestContinue reading “Forgotten And Neglected”

Refreshment

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Jackie carried out much knowledgeable weeding and planting this morning, whilst I cleared up the discards and conveyed them to the compost pile. The early¬†sun lit libertias standing in the Weeping Birch Bed, and enlivened the burgeoning Rose Garden. Various clematises, including this wonderfully scented Montana festoonedContinue reading “Refreshment”

Back Drive Progress

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. We spent the morning of another dull, overcast, day continuing the general tidying of the garden. Many new aquilegias are fully or partially¬†blooming. Over the last few days JackieContinue reading “Back Drive Progress”