A Damselfly In The Kitchen Sink

Today the temperature was warm with intermittent sunshine. Up early soon after dawn this morning, Jackie discovered an azure damselfly, no longer than one inch, in the kitchen sink. Delicately, she transported the creature to the frog pond which she felt may be more its natural element. Having produced this moving photograph, she proceeded toContinue reading “A Damselfly In The Kitchen Sink”

Happier Behind The Camera

I was grateful today for the overnight thunderstorm and for Jackie’s watering the parts it couldn’t reach early this morning before she and Shelly drove to Helen’s to offer sisterly assistance. This meant I could concentrate on the dead-heading necessitated by the storm’s stripping of many petals. After more than an hour I retreated indoorsContinue reading “Happier Behind The Camera”

The Sun Gleefully Exclaimed

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 Well into this glorious October spell we still have a profusion of blooms brightening the garden. Here is a small selection. Jacqueline spent the day meetingContinue reading “The Sun Gleefully Exclaimed”

We Ate Their Cake

SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK, TO BE REPEATED IF REQUIRED. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN, CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT AND FURTHER CLICKING FOR ENLARGEMENT Late yesterday afternoon, Jackie created a new bed alongsideContinue reading “We Ate Their Cake”

Seeking Camouflage

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The sun has returned after several days’ absence. I wandered around the garden with a camera. These photographs reflect the current conditions in our plot. Hibiscuses are now in full bloom. This one is at the front; as is this yellow climbing nasturtium sharing the garage frontageContinue reading “Seeking Camouflage”

An Extended Flowering Period

The date prompted me to begin the day by providing a link to a post from 2012: https://derrickjknight.com/2012/08/07/would-you-believe-it/       –   well, would you? Any of it? On another very mild morning, we continued preparations for winter. Although a considerable amount of cutting back is required, the garden is still full of colour, some fromContinue reading “An Extended Flowering Period”

And What Came Next?

This morning’s bouquet includes: petunias; clematis Polish Spirit; foxgloves;  hydrangeas; and delicate gladioli. A veritable cacophony reverberated along the kitchen facia as the parent starlings jointly strove to satisfy their screeching offspring. Whilst Jackie continued the creative gardening, I did the ironing and applied the first layer of wax to the new stair-rails. This afternoonContinue reading “And What Came Next?”

Petra Wouldn’t Chance It

Earlier in the year, along with all her other plants, Jackie potted a couple of clematises. They seemed to be doing pretty well until they were, literally as it turned out, cut off in their prime.  Each one had been snipped just above the ground.  This proved a mystery until one afternoon Jackie watched aContinue reading “Petra Wouldn’t Chance It”