Cleared For Landing

Today the wind had dropped to “a fresh breeze” with sunny spells. We each enjoyed several sessions of gardening. Mine concentrated on dead-heading and clearing to compost. Naturally I carried my camera, photographing the reds and pinks of petunias, pelargoniums, hollyhocks; and roses Compassion, Open Arms, and that we call peach beside the patio. TheContinue reading “Cleared For Landing”

Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric

Jackie continued refurbishing hanging baskets and containers such as those she is watering here. At the moment most of these involve cuttings she has preserved over the winter. We have heard today that garden centres are likely to open again next week, thus offering the opportunity for more variety – not that the Head GardenerContinue reading “Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric”

A Sad Sign Of The Times

Jackie had a reasonably smooth shop this morning, after which she worked in the garden until the temperature became too hot. The Co-op was selling bedding plants, some of which she naturally bought, although she will have need of all her pelargonium cuttings in the greenhouse. After lunch I took a tour with my cameraContinue reading “A Sad Sign Of The Times”

The Oval Bed Today

The earlier third of the day was overcast but warm. On my way through the garden to set out on a walk down Downton Lane I photographed several newly opened tulips, one of which bore a sleepy bee. Even 30 m.p.h. on our eponymous winding lane is probably too fast at any time, yet itContinue reading “The Oval Bed Today”

Sunshine And Shirtsleeves

Today was one of sunshine and shirtsleeves. While Jackie worked on the Oval Bed I carried a few trugs of refuse to the compost bin, and a few cans of water to the Head Gardener. It may seem hard to believe that the plants need watering at the moment, but we have not received rain forContinue reading “Sunshine And Shirtsleeves”

Cold Soup

Jackie took advantage of the early morning sunlight to photograph a variety of colourful daffodils; a striking range of hellebores; a bee probing pulmonaria; my dwarf azalea, still thriving after twenty years and several moves; pale yellow primroses and their brighter primula relatives; mahonias, companula, wood anemones, summer snowflakes; and burgeoning tulips blending with lightContinue reading “Cold Soup”

A Little Autumn Colour

For the last couple of days marauding rooks have raided Nugget’s robin feeder, ripped it off the Japanese maple, and robbed him of his food. Jackie has baffled the thieves with a pair of hanging basket frames. In contrast to yesterday’s dismal weather, today was clear, bright, and cold, taking every opportunity to display aContinue reading “A Little Autumn Colour”

Wrestling With Catalina

The weather this morning was dull but warmer than yesterday – even enough to keep the bees, like this one weighing down the little salvia, at work. Jackie continued with her autumnal preparations. Nugget and his rival continued their armistice. Our little robin even tolerates other small birds like blue tits and coal tits raidingContinue reading “Wrestling With Catalina”

Cervine Elegance

Occasional sunny spells on a clouded morning developed into bright sunshine by the time we drove into the forest this afternoon. Jackie spent some time collecting cuttings with which to populate the greenhouse pots. The orange poppies that last just a day don’t normally emerge from the soil until spring. We have several clumps now.Continue reading “Cervine Elegance”

How He Hinders

In yesterday’s fading evening light Jackie photographed her helianthuses Lemon Queen, complete with bee, against the phormium and mahonia reaching for the gentle sky. Today’s skies resembled damp fleece and the air was fairly breezy. She spent the morning attempting to get on with her planting. She managed two in as many hours, including aContinue reading “How He Hinders”