In The Greenhouse

Reportedly only for a couple of days, the wind had stilled overnight. The day was dull and warmer, with very little rain. Jackie spent much of the morning rescuing tossed pots and loosened climbers. After lunch I gathered up numerous small broken branches, then cut the grass and produced a few pictures, one of whichContinue reading “In The Greenhouse”

4 P. M. Watershed

On a very dull and wet morning we visited Mum at Woodpeckers. As usual, we had to be separated by a screen in which Jackie is reflected. In the second picture here my mother indicates where she recently had her second, painless, Covid vaccination. It was not until 4 p.m. that the rain desisted andContinue reading “4 P. M. Watershed”

School Was Out

Despite our recent sunshine The Head Gardener remained convinced that Jack Frost had not yet kept his icy fingers out of reach of the garden. Early this morning she took her camera outside to prove her point. Later, Callum of Metro Rod brought his specialist camera to investigate a blockage in the drainage to ourContinue reading “School Was Out”

The March Garden

Bluebell is the young lady I photographed yesterday between her partner, Aaron, and the Shetland pony he was photographing. She photographed me photographing them from beside my trusty steed, and has e-mailed me a copy of it, for which I am very grateful. This morning I made a further five illustrations into ‘The Old CuriosityContinue reading “The March Garden”

Finishing Touches

On another gloomy wet morning Jackie photographed a selection of our current garden blooms, some decorated with pearls of rainwater. Here we have sarcocca Hoskeriana, cyclamen, daffodil, iris reticulata Katharine Hodgkin, snowdrops, hellebore, camellia, daphne odorata marginata, and crocus. Barry, of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, then visited to extend the downpipe across theContinue reading “Finishing Touches”

Ninon Michaelis

The sun kept away today, and the cloud-wrapped air was mild. To increase seasonal confusion the winter flowering cherry has bloomed early and nudges crab apples normally stripped by blackbirds by now. This camellia is a very early spring bloomer, but never a November one. Fuchsias like Delta’s Sarah and Mrs Popple just go onContinue reading “Ninon Michaelis”

In The Night Garden

Following the call of the moon last night Jackie took her camera into the garden to photograph its light; she moved on to sculptures Florence and her Owl She worked on the garden during the day, beginning with lining up tubs of tulips on the patio, showing ┬áthose in the process of uncurling alongside earlierContinue reading “In The Night Garden”

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”

Venison For Christmas

The weather picture this morning was of strong winds propelling variable clouds, some unloading precipitation of heavy rain and piercing hale, and bright sunshine, all vying for the available time. Thus, our naked trees enjoyed ever-changing backdrops, while the house was often brightly lit. Among other tasks, Aaron planted beside the cypress trunk two heavilyContinue reading “Venison For Christmas”

Pruning

Aaron’s main task this morning was taking shrubs in hand. He began with the camellia beside the Dead End Path. He pruned lower branches to lift the plant which has continued to bloom for at least two months. The prolific Compassion rose has persistently refused to drape the arch spanning this path. Our friend fromContinue reading “Pruning”