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”

Clamouring For His Close-up

When I began my perambulation round the garden this morning Jackie observed that I was photographing similar subjects to her. She had taken her walk even earlier. We therefore each produced a gallery in changing light. This is Jackie’s set. The galleried images each bear identifying titles, some with further descriptions. Click on any imageContinue reading “Clamouring For His Close-up”

Relaxed Restrictions

Late yesterday afternoon, beginning with “Where’s Nugget?” (78), Jackie produced a series of photographs. She was fascinated by the hairy borage and a spiky caterpillar masquerading as a cactus. Clematis Star of India occupies the wisteria arbour through which is framed her favourite view of the garden. Left of centre, the Chilean lantern tree wasContinue reading “Relaxed Restrictions”

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”

“Where’s Derrick?”

Knowing that the temperature would drop and the leaden canopy overhead become a leaky colander throughout the day, we held back Jackie’s sunlit images from yesterday afternoon. She had transformed this second footpath across the Rose Garden from a few days ago to this, having also re-fixed the windblown mirror to the back fence. The poppiesContinue reading ““Where’s Derrick?””

Trapeze

For the last few days we had experienced a cold North East wind. Today was much warmer, and sunnier than we had expected. Jackie photographed the weather vane showing the shift to South West. She spent much of the day working in the garden where she gathered images of perky pansies in different containers; closeContinue reading “Trapeze”

What’s Come Up

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Today, I wandered around the garden contemplating spring clearing, and investigating what’s come up. There are many different primulas;  borage; pulmonaria; snowdrops and hellebores galore; daffodils such as February Gold and Têtes-à-Têtes; crocuses; irises; and cyclamen. Views across theContinue reading “What’s Come Up”

Remembering 7/7

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We have a number of hanging baskets around the kitchen doors. This one contains fuchsia Blue Angel; here clematis Warsaw Nike, from its pot clambers up to another containing petunias and lobelia. The white pot contains apple mint, and borage occupies the bed. Nearby, bidens blooms. The New BedContinue reading “Remembering 7/7”

A New Brother

IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM. REPEAT IF NECESSARY Jackie, on an even duller day, continued her creative cultivation.  My contribution this morning was a raked redistribution of the now rather rutted gravel on the back drive. In doing so I gained even more appreciation of the efforts of Richard in shifting shingle from hisContinue reading “A New Brother”