Path Clearances

Today continued with warm clammy-inducing humidity. The morning was still drizzly; although the afternoon was dry. We both carried out further stints on the ironing backlog; Jackie’s before, and mine mainly after, lunch. During the last few days, the Head Gardener has continued clearing the borders of paths such as the Phantom Path, the CryptomeriaContinue reading “Path Clearances”

Early Morning Light

We began work in the garden early, because we knew it would be a hot day. In addition to all her general labours, Jackie spent much time scrubbing surfaces, such as the slippery decking, and pigeon poo on chairs and benches. My task was a certain amount of dead heading and feeding of the compostContinue reading “Early Morning Light”

Antipodean Arboreal Delights

I began the day by reading three more of Anton Chekhov’s short stories and scanning one illustration. In her introduction to ‘Kashtanka’ (1887) Elisaveta Fen quotes a letter from Chekhov’s friend, the poet Polonsky, who wrote ‘the ending is not only unexpected but also significant, and this is most important. The colour of the languageContinue reading “Antipodean Arboreal Delights”

Wedding Day Bouquet

The wind picked up speed today; the rain kept away; sometimes the clouds allowed the sun to put in an appearance. While Jackie continued planting I carried out a token tidy and dead-heading diurnal poppies. Here the Head Gardener carries her camera because Nugget had dived into the hole she was digging so she leftContinue reading “Wedding Day Bouquet”

The Prime Suspect

Jackie spent much of the morning watering the garden and tying up roses. After lunch I joined her and dead-headed roses and Welsh poppies while she continued. When the heat drove us in for a rest, the Head Gardener watched Gardeners’ World and I scanned another 21 pages from H.E. Bates’s “Down The River” illustratedContinue reading “The Prime Suspect”

Find The Colours

After lunch Matthew and Poppy arrived to spend the weekend with us. Our granddaughter was keen to explore the garden again. She and Matthew walked around with a list of ten colours of which she was to find representatives. The only one that proved problematic was green. I imagine there are enough colours in theseContinue reading “Find The Colours”

Preparing For Departure

Having been picked up by Shelly, Jackie left today just after noon for three days away with her sisters. In her efforts to ensure I would be well catered for, the Culinary Queen packed the fridge with cooked meals and salad lunch materials. The plate on the fourth shelf down contains the lunch I enjoyedContinue reading “Preparing For Departure”

Guarding The Nest

During a suitable break in the showers this morning I focussed on the refreshed flora in somewhat bedraggled bees in the garden. Examples are antirrhinums and foxgloves; Several bees, in their waterproofs, can be seen among these roses, petunias, geraniums, rhododendrons, poppies, and bottle brush plants. Danni and Ella came to lunch bearing a packetContinue reading “Guarding The Nest”

In A Flap

As I walked down to the Back gate to open it for Aaron early this morning I passed the delicate pastel shades of Penny Lane which will have a powerful fragrance later in the day; oriental poppies which have stubbornly clung to some petals despite the recent gales; abundant Félicité Perpétue draped over a deadContinue reading “In A Flap”

A Glorious Summer’s Day

Jackie spent most of her birthday of gloriously sunny weather continuing her replenishing and refurbishment of her vast number of plant containers. In particular she concentrated on the stone urns, pots, and hanging baskets in the Rose Garden, into which a small dragonfly glided, coming to rest on the warm paving bricks. Bees were busyContinue reading “A Glorious Summer’s Day”