Scents

On a sunny and mild morning I spent some time dead heading and transporting clippings to the compost bins. Jackie pruned and tidied the lawn area, keeping me supplied with bags of refuse. The eucalyptus has now been adorned with its pendant baskets. Nugget played his game in “Where’s Nugget?” (84) and (85). A clickContinue reading “Scents”

Protective Custody

Between watching recordings of the Rugby World Cup quarter final matches featuring Wales and France then Japan and South Africa, I wandered round the garden. When we arrived here five years ago a variegated myrtle bush that had grown to a tree was in the process of reverting, This meant that the two-toned cultivated leavesContinue reading “Protective Custody”

Soil Replenishment

So often when Jackie pops out for a spell of planting she spends all day, first diverting herself with bed clearance and soil replenishment. This is what happened today, especially as the weather was mild and sunny. The New Bed has become rather full lately, so to plant new bulbs required the process outlined above.Continue reading “Soil Replenishment”

Flying Gulls

Last night I watched the recorded rugby World Cup match between Japan and Samoa; this morning those between New Zealand and Namibia, and between France and Tonga. I then photographed some examples of our nasturtiums, blooming until the first frost; our generous begonias; our varied dahlias; our honesty seed pod medallions; our hardier clematises suchContinue reading “Flying Gulls”

Hide And Seek

Nugget was singing outside the stable door this morning at 6 a.m. I stepped out early to take advantage of the bright morning light. Jackie tells me that our little robin was perched on top of this kniphofia yesterday evening for quite some time, chirping away. Other images are entitled in the gallery. Here areContinue reading “Hide And Seek”

None Of That Nonsense

Late this afternoon rain had brought abandonment to the first day of the fourth Ashes Test match, but here it was reasonably warm and sunny. Jackie, hindered by Nugget, continued planting, while I wandered around the garden. Clematis Marie Boisselot, in her third flush, has now toned down her blue rinse. Other clematises, such asContinue reading “None Of That Nonsense”

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”

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”

Not For The Birds

This was a day of wind, rain, colder temperatures, coats, and central heating. A bit like Dunedin’s winter. During a brief period of lessening rain Jackie continued her work on securing sweet peas and other climbing plants; rehanging baskets; and setting other planters back on their perches. Here are some of the finished projects. TheContinue reading “Not For The Birds”

Sunburst

I wandered around the garden late this afternoon, pointing the camera almost at random. Here are the results. Don’t miss a couple of bees. The Puerto Rico dahlia provided a sympathetic sunburst. As usual, galleries will provide titles. This evening we dined at The Wheel Inn at Bowling Green. We both enjoyed tempura prawns andContinue reading “Sunburst”