Working On The Rose Garden

Today, the hottest day of the year, was fine and sunny. While Jackie swept, weeded, pruned, and watered the Rose Garden. (This picture is not an official “Where’s Nugget?”, but on reading the blog and doubly enlarging it The Head Gardener identified our familiar robin clearly silhouetted above the central bloom of clematis Warsaw NikeContinue reading “Working On The Rose Garden”

Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric

Jackie continued refurbishing hanging baskets and containers such as those she is watering here. At the moment most of these involve cuttings she has preserved over the winter. We have heard today that garden centres are likely to open again next week, thus offering the opportunity for more variety – not that the Head GardenerContinue reading “Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric”

Where’s Mrs Nugget?

Jackie planted a clutch of primulas this morning. While she was at it she kept tabs on the winter flowering clematis Cirrhosa Freckles, and the mahonia that has grown into a tree. She observed an encounter between a snail and an owl; and admired the burgeoning Daphne Odorata Marginata and the Chilean lantern tree. ByContinue reading “Where’s Mrs Nugget?”

Fruits Of Labour

I am close to deciding on my final cut for the Everton Festival Photographic Competition. Many painful decisions are being made now, concerning which shots to leave out. In order seriously to consider the deer having her nose scratched I have converted this image to Black and White, thus giving a sharper silhouette. This is,Continue reading “Fruits Of Labour”

My Second Nonagenarian Visitor

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. On a lightly overcast afternoon Jackie, plonking Mum’s stool to order, followed me on a short perch-hopping spree in the garden. I enjoyed two vantage pointsContinue reading “My Second Nonagenarian Visitor”

It Couldn’t Wait For My Return

On this bright and sunny afternoon, Jackie leapfrogged Mum’s perching stool down the garden, giving me three observation posts for a brief sojourn listening to the birds and pointing my lens. I was able to look along the Brick Path past the prolific clematis Doctor Ruppel and the slightly scented rose Penny Lane, both intendedContinue reading “It Couldn’t Wait For My Return”

“So Much Colour”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED This morning Jackie continued her autumn clearing and planting in the garden. This afternoon I tidied up a bit then wandered around with my camera. Petunias and geraniums continue to glow, with bright little erigerons still standing proud; and diascias and begonias adding to the music. TheContinue reading ““So Much Colour””

The Great Escape

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED With the return of the sunshine I carried out a little more tidying in the garden, especially dead-heading of roses, including Absolutely Fabulous, Crown Princess Margareta, and a pink climber recovered by Elizabeth. This wisteria occupied the Kitchen Bed when we arrived three years ago. Despite theContinue reading “The Great Escape”

The Head Gardener’s Hod Carrier

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Jackie continues weeding, clipping, planting, and replenishing soil. This involves a certain amount of popping out to a garden centre. Today, for example, she departed for some lime and returned with, in addition, a garden tray, a parasol, and the obligatory few plants. Here she was workingContinue reading “The Head Gardener’s Hod Carrier”

The Dump Can Wait

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN PAIRS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. Much of today was spent planting roses, tidying beds, and pruning and lopping trees and overgrown shrubs. I cleared up Jackie’s maple cuttings from yesterday, then concentrated on theContinue reading “The Dump Can Wait”