Moyles Court

The wind lessened today, so we made a start on recovery. There is nothing to be done about windburn such as this on the red Japanese maple, but we did carry out an extensive hard prune in the Rose Garden where Mamma Mia and Absolutely fabulous prevail. Bees were confined to their hives yesterday andContinue reading “Moyles Court”

Bees And Other Insects

On the afternoon of this decidedly sultry summer’s day I cleared up the Head Gardener’s debris from the morning, then followed insects around with my camera. Small White butterflies sought camouflage among Erigeron and rented verbena bonariensis accommodation from bees and flies which tested the strength of the Erigeron. A bluebottle clung to hebe leaves.Continue reading “Bees And Other Insects”

The Holly And The Ivy

  Our white sofa, being a sofa bed, is extremely heavy. In order to avoid damaging the new flooring, this morning Connor called upon Mark to help him lift it into place. Jackie ventured into the garden on this much brighter day than yesterday, announcing “I am going into the garden to photograph some loveliness.”Continue reading “The Holly And The Ivy”

It Has To Go

As she toured the garden this morning Jackie was struck by the contrast between the number of survivors from spring and summer still blooming – including clematis Niobe; fuchsias Delta’s Sarah and Mrs. Popple; hebes; hot lips; bidens; pelargoniums; pansies; campanulas; and roses in the Rose Garden – and the harbingers of spring to come,Continue reading “It Has To Go”

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”

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?”

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”

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”

Sweeping Up

Today Jackie was mostly refurbishing and tidying pots and hanging basket plantings. She has completed the Shady Path where all is now well, except for windburn on this white lobelia; and on this yellow tree peony whose healthy seed pods offer optimism for next year. Beyond this small triangular bed before the wisteria arbour MrsContinue reading “Sweeping Up”