Absolutely Fabulous Cricket

The sun was permitted the occasional appearance from behind today’s cloud curtain. At mid morning, thinking she was attending to the Weeping Birch Bed, I ventured out for a stint of clearing up after the Head Gardener’ general maintenance efforts, and received something of a shock. Jackie had been diverted by the Rose Garden, uponContinue reading “Absolutely Fabulous Cricket”

Gnomes Won’t Be Warned Off

While gardening this morning and photographing “Where’s Nugget?” (83), Jackie turned to admire her mushrooms and was amazed to find that warning off gnomes had been of no avail. This afternoon we jointly continued Jackie’s work on refurbishing the front garden. The Head Gardener weeded, pruned, and planted and I raked, swept, and added refuseContinue reading “Gnomes Won’t Be Warned Off”

It Has To Go

As she toured the garden this morning Jackie was struck by the contrast between the number of survivors from spring and summer still blooming – including clematis Niobe; fuchsias Delta’s Sarah and Mrs. Popple; hebes; hot lips; bidens; pelargoniums; pansies; campanulas; and roses in the Rose Garden – and the harbingers of spring to come,Continue reading “It Has To Go”

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”

“I’m Sure I Can’t Allow That”

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 BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT I dozed through the early parts of the day. At 4. p.m. Jackie set me up on Mum’s perching stool at a vantage point beside theContinue reading ““I’m Sure I Can’t Allow That””

One Day Of Life

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED I can spot a dandelion or a bramble when it grows big enough to be difficult to eradicate. The Head Gardener can spot any sort of weed as soon as it pokes through soil. She can distinguish that soon between a plant she will welcome and allowContinue reading “One Day Of Life”

In The Garden Today

My gardening task today was cutting the grass. It is as well that I did carried that out before photographing this symphony in red provided by tellimas, rhododendron, pieris, mimuluses and petunias. Another rhododendron that I photographed last week in a still closed and soggy state is now fully open and looking well refreshed; as are the redContinue reading “In The Garden Today”

I’ve Received An Award

There was not much sunshine today, so it paid off to have been up and dawn to watch its pink tints filtering across the road, turning the cool blue exterior of the house into a warm watercolour, and piercing a new pair of windows into my study wall. An amble round the garden revealed two different deutzias; a variety of verbena; andContinue reading “I’ve Received An Award”

Out On Their Feet Amid The Confetti

Yesterday I forgot to mention the outcome of my visit to Simon Richards, the hand surgeon. That can only be a good sign. He has discharged me, but physiotherapy will continue for some time. The middle joint on the little finger remains bent rigid. He has advised me to practice straightening it with brute forceContinue reading “Out On Their Feet Amid The Confetti”

Lest We Forget

It is Alice’s birthday today, so I will begin by displaying my iMac wallpaper on which she walks across the shingle on a very blustery day in view of the Isle of Wight and The Needles. This morning I walked to the bank at New Milton. I turned right up Lower Ashley Road and leftContinue reading “Lest We Forget”