Blooming Today

On another bright, cold, morning I nipped upstairs to photograph from above Florence continuing her general clearing of the garden beds. After lunch I focussed on a few flowers, including Amanogawa cherry; varieties of cyclamen, of daffodils, of camellias, of tulips; smiling pansies; a sunlit hellebore; a hanging fritillary; and a sweetly scented Daphne OdorataContinue reading “Blooming Today”

Definitely Spring

On this warm and sunny day Jackie unwrapped the wooden patio chairs and we set them in place; Flo continued her work in the garden, clearing twigs and leaves of cordyline Australis and setting about burning them; I wandered around with a camera. Jackie and I took a forest drive after lunch while the othersContinue reading “Definitely Spring”

The Head Gardener Was On Hand

Apparently yesterday’s weather was simply a precursor of Storm Dudley, due today. As the wind began to pick up this morning, we took a walk round the garden. I had begun with four views from overhead, the last two of which featured camellias, now quite abundant, and beginning to drop blooms to soften the gravelContinue reading “The Head Gardener Was On Hand”

Cheers Laurie And Clif

My contribution to Jackie’s general garden maintenance this morning was making a start on weeding the gravelled Gazebo path. I will need to consult with the Head Gardener about these forget-me-nots spilling under the iron wheels. Brick Paths will need to wait their turn; I am not looking forward to the Back Drive which IContinue reading “Cheers Laurie And Clif”

Preparing For The Hunt

Ella is bringing her family for a garden visit tomorrow, Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt will, of course, be in order. We prepared the clues for this today. Jackie determined the nine different locations and photographed them. I printed each one, in which a prominent feature will bear the trophy. They will be numberedContinue reading “Preparing For The Hunt”

The Garden As April Begins

On a warm day with sunny intervals it was time to record the garden as it comes alive. The Brick Path and the Back Drive borders each hold some of the plants I am about to show, like the euphorbia fronting one of the dead stumps on the Back Drive. We have many tulips inContinue reading “The Garden As April Begins”

A Garden Snapshot

On an albeit cool day of sunny interludes on which winter flowering and amanogawa cherry blossoms flourished alongside each other, I produced a snapshot of the garden. As usual titles of the individual pictures will be found when accessing the gallery with a click on any one image. This evening Elizabeth came to dinner whichContinue reading “A Garden Snapshot”

Two Dawns

In the early morning chill I girded my loins with a thick cotton dressing gown and stepped into the garden to photograph the pink-streaked dawn. Keen arboriculturists may be interested in the sylvan skeletons of copper beech, larch, weeping birch, and lopped bay tree. Our great-niece, Ella, was two years old in January. She andContinue reading “Two Dawns”

Habitual Head Hangers

Blues skies returned today for our first visit to Mum in Woodpeckers since before the Christmas lockdown, which has been somewhat relaxed. We were able to use the screen room. Jackie photographed Mum behind the screen in which I am reflected. My mother was in good spirits, but not hearing too well, especially at theContinue reading “Habitual Head Hangers”

Today The Sun Came Out To Play

Individual picture titles will be found on the gallery, otherwise I will leave the title and the sun in charge. This evening we dined on roast chicken thighs; chipolata sausages; crisp roast potatoes, parsnips and Yorkshire pudding; sage and onion stuffing; flavoursome Brussels sprouts and carrots, with tasty gravy. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drankContinue reading “Today The Sun Came Out To Play”