The First Of October

My Under Gardener tasks this cooler, more cloudy, morning consisted of a little clearing to compost and a lot of rose decapitation. Among the regular bloomers like the White Winchester Cathedral, the prolific bright yellow Absolutely Fabulous, and the fulsome Lady Emma Hamilton a number of repeat performers are taking the stage. Just Joey hasContinue reading “The First Of October”

Working From Home

On an even hotter day we began gardening very early, partly because our septic tank was emptied soon after 7.00 a.m. Our shared task was dead-heading. I carried a camera with me. I have noticed that butterflies like to bask on paving or gravel. Can you spot this Red Admiral? We now have quite aContinue reading “Working From Home”

Protective Custody

Between watching recordings of the Rugby World Cup quarter final matches featuring Wales and France then Japan and South Africa, I wandered round the garden. When we arrived here five years ago a variegated myrtle bush that had grown to a tree was in the process of reverting, This meant that the two-toned cultivated leavesContinue reading “Protective Custody”

Our Joint One Good Knee

Last night I watched a recording of Saturday’s breathtaking rugby match between Wales and South Africa; after lunch today the soporific contest between Scotland and Argentina. Bright sunshine had taken me into the rather cold garden this morning. Winter pansies and trailing ivy adorn hanging baskets on the sitting room walls. Geraniums and Japanese maplesContinue reading “Our Joint One Good Knee”

The Bleeding Arch

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, ANY MEMBER OF WHICH MAY BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT MAY BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO Jackie spent much of the day on giving the Rose Garden a thorough Autumn Clean. ThisContinue reading “The Bleeding Arch”

Late Summer Blooms

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED While Jackie, weeded, watered, and planted, my main gardening task today was extensive dead-heading. If anyone spots any heads I’ve missed in the following photographs, I’ll thank you for not mentioning it. We have many petunias. These, with geraniums and erigeron, grace the sitting room wall. These,Continue reading “Late Summer Blooms”

Where’s That Smile?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The lower temperature brought a cooler and more pleasant day on which The Head Gardener continued her creative planting, serious weeding, and cutting back. I dead-headed roses, carted debris to the compost heap, and made a few pictures. The planting on the kitchen wall now seems complete.Continue reading “Where’s That Smile?”