Spot The Difference

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. In today’s gardening division of labour my contribution was weeding the back drive, while Jackie continued planting, weeding, and watering. My main focus was on the bed alongside the new fence.Continue reading “Spot The Difference”

Lurking In The Shade

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today Aaron and Robin levelled out the soil flanking the new fence and cleared away our last items of debris in preparation for building a log store. The rubbish included the buried bath, now in its last resting place on the Back Drive, before removal to the dump.Continue reading “Lurking In The Shade”

Soil Transfusion

An early bird atop the oak across Christchurch Road admired this morning’s dawn sky which presaged a fine day. And so it was. Warm enough to put the washing out. My meagre task of the day was to begin the ongoing battle with the triffid invasion from our neighbour, North Breeze. It is important to tackleContinue reading “Soil Transfusion”

Close Encounters Of The Asinine Kind

Although The Needles lighthouse fog warning could still be heard, last night’s mist eventually cleared from Downton to reveal a splendid warm and sunny day, on the morning of which my garden meandering revealed: a forsythia, and, now budding, the azalea transported from Sutherland Place. Cherry blossom can now me seen emerging from the NorthContinue reading “Close Encounters Of The Asinine Kind”

Over The Top

Once Jackie had finished her recent clearing job in the bed on what was originally ‘the shady path’, the very wobbly line of the edging tiles so upset my sensibilities that today I reset them into a more pleasing curve with suitably concentric parallels. This required a little more gravel in the sections where I had movedContinue reading “Over The Top”

Privilege Customer

No matter how thorough you try to be in pulling up and eradicating brambles, there are always some that catch your eye as you wander around. For this reason I went on a bramble hunt today. Some, by now, are announcing their presence with blossom and budding fruit; others are so long and straggly theyContinue reading “Privilege Customer”

An Alfresco Bath

  The red bottle brush plant, which I passed on my way to continue work on the kitchen garden, is now looking resplendent.   There are a great deal of treasures hidden in the undergrowth of today’s target area. Peeking through nettle leaves, for example, are raspberries. A blackcurrant bush bears fruit, strawberries soon will,Continue reading “An Alfresco Bath”

The Gauntlet

When I read Baroness Orczy’s timeless novel, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, I had a vague idea that this was a flower, but didn’t know what it looked like. We have a lovely little orange weed, rather like a forget-me-not in size, that crops up all over the garden. I haven’t been digging it up, because IContinue reading “The Gauntlet”

Tales From The Window Sills

During our honeymoon in March 1968, Jackie and I were intrigued by a deserted house in Ockley. We wandered around inside and wondered if it were for sale, but decided we couldn’t afford it. It would, we thought, have been just our kind of project. Now, nearly half a century later, we find ourselves on aContinue reading “Tales From The Window Sills”

Painted Into A Corner

While we have been working on the main garden, the back drive has taken advantage of our negligence, and become rather out of hand. Jackie has decided that, far preferable to getting down on her hands and knees to weed it, she will apply a weedkiller. Since this area is the size of a large town backContinue reading “Painted Into A Corner”