More Sport And Dead-Heading

This morning I watched recorded highlights of the fourth day’s play in the Test match between England and India, and after lunch made a good start on dead-heading the second Félicité Perpétue rose, which regular readers will recognise from an earlier picture on the Back Drive. Later this afternoon I published https://derrickjknight.com/2022/07/05/a-knights-tale-144-the-bastides/ Early this eveningContinue reading “More Sport And Dead-Heading”

Becoming Tidier

Yesterday evening Flo had transferred one more wheelbarrow load of compost into the Rose Garden and another to the new raised bed at the end of the Back Drive. This morning Jackie spread one heap on the newly planted bed, and continued weeding the gravel path. The borders are beginning to bloom nicely. I beganContinue reading “Becoming Tidier”

The One-armed Wheelbarrow

On an overcast, more sultry, morning we cleared clippings and I dead headed. With no change in the weather this afternoon, Jackie set about chopping up the cut foliage from the plants in the front garden corner while I transported it to the compost bins and added the more woody sections to the ever increasingContinue reading “The One-armed Wheelbarrow”

To The Lawn Bed

Yesterday Jackie cleared the bank outside the Back Drive gate, leaving brushwood on the gravel path for attention today; this morning she worked on removing the stump of a scentless and rarely flowering philadelphus, while I cleared the Back Drive debris; and further strengthened the arch spanning the Phantom Path by inserting supporting angle ironsContinue reading “To The Lawn Bed”

Continuing Maintenance

On a much brighter morning Jackie trimmed the lower limbs of myrtle while I bagged up the clippings and added them to the row awaiting the local recycling centre. This, and further tidying, work has improved the views from the patio and down the Dead End Path. Also in receipt of attention has been theContinue reading “Continuing Maintenance”

Chekhov Stories

On an even hotter day today we started gardening even earlier. While Jackie concentrated on tidying and watering, despite the efforts of another dislodged and overhanging climbing rose, I cleared another arm of the Rose Garden of weeds. Just before lunch, Mark and Rob, two of Aaron’s team, arrived to set about the Back Drive.Continue reading “Chekhov Stories”

Five Years On

Today was another thoroughly wet one, so I decided to try a bit more than a test print with my new Epson. It was in May 2014 that we took on the neglected jungle that was our garden. Soon afterwards I began to compile a kind of before and after record of the project, inContinue reading “Five Years On”

Before And After: The Back Drive

A good part of the day, until I set the incinerator going at 4 p.m., was spent in selecting and printing the next section of the garden development album. If there was any task more daunting than anything else in the Old Post House garden, it was the back drive. This is what it lookedContinue reading “Before And After: The Back Drive”

UKCSI

Yesterday evening’s volcanic skies, casting an ochre glow on everything beneath them, delivered just a few heavy drops of the promised overnight rain. Ushering in the month of July, today was even hotter and more humid, yet largely overcast. My early task was the dead-heading of roses, and lifting soil-filled window boxes onto the headContinue reading “UKCSI”

The Topper And The Times

Our resident pheasant is becoming more accustomed to human presence. This morning, instead of taking, squawking, to the air, it strutted silently off along the paths as Jackie walked up the garden. From indoors, we can hear it conversing with other birds. Soon the greenfinches will spend whole days at a time shrilly screeching from theContinue reading “The Topper And The Times”