A Sad Sign Of The Times

Jackie had a reasonably smooth shop this morning, after which she worked in the garden until the temperature became too hot. The Co-op was selling bedding plants, some of which she naturally bought, although she will have need of all her pelargonium cuttings in the greenhouse. After lunch I took a tour with my cameraContinue reading “A Sad Sign Of The Times”

Cleaning Out The Frog Pond

Jackie spent most of this gloriously sunny and warm spring day working in the garden. In the front she photographed budding Amanogawa and crab apple blossom, and a row of different coloured cyclamens. I took tours before and after lunch, choosing to focus first on a variety of daffodils; these, alongside the Dead End Path,Continue reading “Cleaning Out The Frog Pond”

Cawing For His Mum

I delayed my walk around the garden until later this afternoon, hoping to take advantage of the light. Almost as soon as I had photographed this budding heuchera and this camellia bloom toning into graceful age, the skies closed the curtains, silhouetting the Weeping birch branches. I continued photographing a range of daffodils; another somewhatContinue reading “Cawing For His Mum”

Compost Soup

There is now some confusion about whether it is acceptable here to drive to an exercise location. Today I confined myself to our garden and the footpath across Roger Cobb’s farm on Downton Lane. This was once a regular walk – before my knee surgeries. In the garden more tulips are opening and daffodils continueContinue reading “Compost Soup”

Precipitation

Yesterday Jackie tidied up the area fronting the garage door trellis. This involved clearing away last year’s plants that were beyond their best-before date, especially the still blooming nasturtiums that should have shrivelled and died months ago. She then added new life to the pots. Today was one of steady, light, rain. Starting with theContinue reading “Precipitation”

Negotiating The Levels

Today’s weather was dull, dry, and warm. This afternoon we ventured into the forest, finding ourselves in MacPenny’s Garden Centre where Jackie shopped for a climbing hydrangea and sat in the car with her puzzles while I wandered around the open garden. Offering free access all the year round with proceeds of donations dedicated toContinue reading “Negotiating The Levels”

A Closer Look

Elizabeth popped over this morning to collect some wood and nails to repair a fence on a temporary basis until Aaron can do it for her. She fixed a time with him. Having concentrated on general garden views yesterday I took a closer look at a variety of daffodils; primulas and primroses; hellebores; camellias; anemoneContinue reading “A Closer Look”

“I’ll Have A Copy Of That”

Despite yesterday’s rain the Head Gardener drove to Otter Nurseries clutching vouchers for special offers of seven different items. One of these was for 10 fifty litre bags of compost. The helpful staff had stuffed these all into the Modus. Unfortunately they did not offer to unload them at this end. That was my taskContinue reading ““I’ll Have A Copy Of That””

Through The Window

Another day of steady rain washing windswept windows; greasing patio paving; puddling paths; pearling maple branches; glazing garden views; dowsing patient sparrows; refreshing colourful camellias,   and pink prunus Autumnalis, ensured a day of Hardy reading and through-the-window photography. This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy chicken curry and savoury rice followed by baklavas with whichContinue reading “Through The Window”

Nature’s Umbrellas

Storm Jorge is not due to hit us until tomorrow. Just to get us in the mood, dispiritingly drizzly rain seeped from solid slate skies throughout the day. Even heavy rain would have been more stimulating. Mostly I read, except when I donned a raincoat and wandered around the garden testing my camera’s imperviousness toContinue reading “Nature’s Umbrellas”