Picture Resizing Problem Possibly Partially Resolved

Jackie set today’s theme by producing a quartet of bees on a sunflower. Encouraged by these and, although I have not yet received confirmation of the completion of my WordPress images rescue from Peacock’s who are still working on the task, I wandered round the garden to add a few – on sedums, zinnias, cosmos,Continue reading “Picture Resizing Problem Possibly Partially Resolved”

Wash Day

This morning, in order to show a positive aspect of the hot weather, Jackie photographed Wash Day at Downton. She then cut my hair. After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/08/07/a-knights-tale-147-ten-hours-at-the-wheel/ Later, I carried out a dead-heading session and photographed a few flowers which bear their titles in the gallery. Bees were quite busy, although the firstContinue reading “Wash Day”

Busy Bees, Hummingbird Moths, Decorator, And Gardeners

Today Nick continued with his painting of our bedroom and upstairs sitting room walls; Jackie continued weeding, alongside Martin who heavily pruned a couple of New Zealand flax plants and an ornamental poplar before mowing the lawn carpeted with daisies which will return in a few days. In the meantime I photographed two other breedsContinue reading “Busy Bees, Hummingbird Moths, Decorator, And Gardeners”

21 Chestnut Road

This afternoon we visited another NGS garden – 21 Chestnut Road, Brockenhurst. This is my selection of photographs; here are Flo’s. As usual each of these images bears a title in the galleries. This evening we dined at Lal Quilla where the food and service was as good as ever. Jackie’s main course was LalContinue reading “21 Chestnut Road”

Swarms Of Moths

This morning I stepped out in the very warm sunshine with my camera. In the front garden the crab apple blossoms and the first of the libertia are blooming; the Amanogawa cherry reaches above the eaves; and some of our cyclamen still flower. The yellow and red tulips in the patio bed which have takenContinue reading “Swarms Of Moths”

Today’s Hobbyhorses

Our extended Indian summer continues. Early this morning the three of us spent some time in the garden where I photographed a number of blooms, the names of which are all included in the galleries. The blue Morning Glories only flowered for the first time last week. Bees are still plundering the cosmoses. After thisContinue reading “Today’s Hobbyhorses”

A Knight’s Tale (27: Eventually Chris Twigged)

Sometime around 1950 when Chris and I were still at primary school, if you were prepared to walk home, in the days of small High Street shops before the advance of supermarkets such as Tesco, you could spend your bus fare on a bag of broken biscuits from the old style family grocer in TheContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (27: Eventually Chris Twigged)”

Logistical Problems

Garden maintenance – mostly clearing up and dead heading – began early this morning for us both. No doubt attracted by the redolent scent of roses released by the warm sunshine, bees buzzed and butterflies flittered around me as I wielded the secateurs. Bees and Red Admirals both tried the fading Festive Jewel; both alsoContinue reading “Logistical Problems”

Clinging Precariously

Knowing that we could expect heavy rain this afternoon, Jackie spent all morning trimming Wedding Day on the Agriframes Arch which would be bound to be ravaged. She completed the task as the rain began. I carried out dead heading, a little clearing up, and photography. Phlox are doing very well this year. It isContinue reading “Clinging Precariously”

Attached To A Petal

Today dawned bright and sunny with a welcome breeze to lessen the gathering heat and humidity which made gardening too unpleasant after we returned home from an outing. By courtesy of Danni’s voucher birthday present to Jackie we enjoyed a most enjoyable brunch at Rosie Lea Tea Room (ex The Hobler Inn) on Southampton Road.Continue reading “Attached To A Petal”