Working On The Rose Garden

Today, the hottest day of the year, was fine and sunny. While Jackie swept, weeded, pruned, and watered the Rose Garden. (This picture is not an official “Where’s Nugget?”, but on reading the blog and doubly enlarging it The Head Gardener identified our familiar robin clearly silhouetted above the central bloom of clematis Warsaw NikeContinue reading “Working On The Rose Garden”

Before The Storm

Threatened with a thunderstorm, after two lengthy dead-heading sessions, I wandered around the garden while Jackie continued with her general tidying and maintenance work. The blooms in these images of the Rose Garden and the bed at its entrance are identified in the titles of the galleries, each of which can be accessed by aContinue reading “Before The Storm”

My Minimal Contribution

CLICK ON ANY MEMBER OF A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT A second brood of sparrows has hatched in our downstairs loo extractor fan.   In this corner of the patio this morning I made my minimalContinue reading “My Minimal Contribution”

Wagons Ho!

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Beginning with roseraie de l’Hay, Jackie and I continued our work in the Rose Garden by bashing stakes into the ground and tying the stems to them. Brambles are very sneaky when they send their deep roots down beside roses. The worst of these, masquerading as  theContinue reading “Wagons Ho!”

Defying Gravity

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today I divided my time between wandering idly around the garden hunting down piles of weeds and clippings deposited by the Head Gardener; transferring four barrowloads of compost from the south end of the garden to the ficus hole in the Dragon Bed; and, of course, makingContinue reading “Defying Gravity”

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”

Remembering The Bees

We managed a good morning’s work before the rain set in later in the afternoon. I cut the grass while Jackie clipped more of the Back Drive hedge. Part of this consisted of a fuchsia which, despite severe autumn haircuts, has really become very unkempt overgrown. Because it was the only reasonable plant in this areaContinue reading “Remembering The Bees”

Perseverance Rewarded

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Until 2.30 p.m. when Jackie drove us to Brockenhurst to collect our friend Sheila who is staying with us for a few days, she continued sterling maintenance in the garden while Aaron and Robin continued with the fencing. The erigeron outside the French windows featured as partContinue reading “Perseverance Rewarded”