Night And Day

Last night before bed Jackie wandered around the garden with her camera and produced this set of images. This morning we worked together in the Rose Garden. Jackie swept, weeded, and refurbished the pots that had contained tulips earlier in the year. In the first of these pictures she points out to Nugget some tastyContinue reading “Night And Day”

Buzzing On Opium

We received a generous amount of rain overnight and light drizzle during the morning of a generally overcast day. Jackie continued her work on clearing beds while I carried clippings and other refuse to the compost bins before a lengthy training session for what Andrew Petcher has termed the Dead-heading Olympics. Nugget visited me briefly,Continue reading “Buzzing On Opium”

His Favourite Suet Pellets

More sunshine periodically penetrated the clouds today. Jackie spent much of the morning on general garden maintenance while I wandered around with a camera.¬†Apart from the rhododendrons in the two pictures above I focussed on two more flanking the Gazebo Path. Bees were very busy. One filled its yellow sacs while flitting from one bristlyContinue reading “His Favourite Suet Pellets”

It Seems To Be Working

Nugget darted under my feet this morning as I swept the beech nuts from the Rose Garden paving and the gravel paths,     and around Jackie when she continued planting. Sometimes he took a bird’s eye view of proceedings. Here Jackie demonstrates that she has some thyme to plant; and here converses with herContinue reading “It Seems To Be Working”

Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?

The light this morning was dull when I took a walk around the garden. It looks to me as if WordPress have changed my gallery image sizes as they did yesterday. This will mean that nothing can be enlarged. I am also uncertain whether the galleries can be accessed at all. Should either of theseContinue reading “Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?”

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 Watchers On The Shore

Today’s weather was once more clear, bright, sunny, and cooler. Bees continued collecting nectar throughout the garden. On my walk around I captured them on bidens, and on the more mature blooms of Festive Jewel. Crisp young examples of the latter await their turn at contributing to the queen’s larder. Tomatoes continue to ripen inContinue reading “The Watchers On The Shore”

Nugget, You’ve Got Mail

This morning while Jackie applied herself to unearthing food for Nugget, I occupied myself with dead-heading roses. The two photographs above are a day’s relief for eyes which struggled with yesterday’s “Where’s Nugget?”. Hearing Jackie clearly speaking Avian I thought at first she had been addressing her little robin, but in fact it was “thoseContinue reading “Nugget, You’ve Got Mail”

Have I Found A Redshank?

We enjoyed another very hot temperature with clear, pale blue, skies today. In the garden bees laboured on rudbeckia; Small White butterflies were ubiquitous; sun produced X-ray images of such as hollyhocks and pelargoniums; and cart wheels spoke to the low bark of the eucalyptus. I wandered around for a while. As usual, titles mayContinue reading “Have I Found A Redshank?”

Ice Cream Delivery

Jackie swept liberally scattered beech nuts from the Rose Garden this morning. Scoobie kept her company. On the Back Drive he found a fossilised rat which I opted not to photograph. We have a liberal supply of petunias, begonias, and Japanese anemones. Bees busied themselves gathering pollen, ignoring the fact that some plants remained dog-eared;Continue reading “Ice Cream Delivery”