All Neat And Tidy

On another warm and sunny day Jackie continued the refurbishment of the Westbrook Arbour begun yesterday. Apart from recording the event and carrying out a little dead-heading of Welsh poppies I cleared up some of Jackie’s weeding and pruning which I added to the compost, being careful not to cover Félicité Perpétue, the splendid climberContinue reading “All Neat And Tidy”

She Hasn’t Forgotten Us

The morning of this warm and sunny day was rather abortive. One problem I have not yet been able to solve is that there is no longer a link to my About Derrick Knight page at the top of each of my posts. This applies to all my earlier posts. The snippet that appears atContinue reading “She Hasn’t Forgotten Us”

Meet Nugget Junior

This morning while gardening Jackie photographed rose Emily Gray, a highly scented rambler gracing the back drive border out of sight in this shot; clematis Doctor Ruppel climbing the weeping birch; a row of blue irises with the bonus of a yellow stowaway in the bag of bulbs; Nugget, and his son Junior, still notContinue reading “Meet Nugget Junior”

Not Quite Mid-May

Today’s tour of the garden began with clematis Marie Boisselot in the Kitchen Bed which also contains an as yet small wisteria, clusters of ferns, Japanese maples, the now ubiquitous erigeron, and self seeded bronze fennel which will have to go when it outgrows it’s welcome. Other clematises include Niobe, now rivalling the fading wisteriaContinue reading “Not Quite Mid-May”

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”

Energy-Sapping Humidity

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Today was hotter, and considerably more humid than yesterday. I flopped this morning, but didn’t sleep. Perhaps that fact that I slept all yesterday eveningContinue reading “Energy-Sapping Humidity”

Rewards

Snatching half an hour of occasional sunshine before the expected gloom set in for the day, I wandered around the garden with my camera. Two retrained pink climbing roses are in bloom along the front garden trellis. We have masses of geraniums palmatum. Jackie took cuttings last year, and distributed some in the front, whereContinue reading “Rewards”

Kingston Connections

AS USUAL, IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM. REPEAT IF NECESSARY. Given to me by Barrie earlier in the year, Neil Grant’s book ‘Village London Past & Present’, which I just finished reading, was a perfect adjunct to David Lawrence’s ‘Bright Open Spaces’. The author’s style is both informative and entertaining, and theContinue reading “Kingston Connections”

Streets Of London

Again, the early morning sun, casting shadows across the gravel to meet grasses on the other side of the path, worked it’s magic on the peonies; on new rambling red roses; on rose tinted aquilegias; on the clematis Doctor Ruppel; on a somewhat nibbled geranium palmatum; and warming the stone of a frog’s back onContinue reading “Streets Of London”