Windburn

Today dawned dull and drizzle-wet. We ventured into the garden early – Jackie to inspect and, where possible, nullify the storm damage and I to empty refuse trugs then carry out some dead heading. Jackie had a chat with Nugget when he came to sample what she had dug up for him. He is ableContinue reading “Windburn”

Like The Pool, Reflecting

One of Aaron’s tasks this morning was to embed into the soil of the front garden this previously potted Hot Chocolate rose, near which is a planter containing last autumn’s petunias, pansies, and pelargonium, alongside a euphorbia. Similar survivors of our mild winter are the clematis, nasturtiums, pansies, and solanum adorning the garage door trellis.Continue reading “Like The Pool, Reflecting”

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”

“Where’s Derrick?”

Knowing that the temperature would drop and the leaden canopy overhead become a leaky colander throughout the day, we held back Jackie’s sunlit images from yesterday¬†afternoon. She had transformed this second footpath across the Rose Garden from a few days ago to this, having also re-fixed the windblown mirror to the back fence. The poppiesContinue reading ““Where’s Derrick?””

Redundant

The Head Gardener has renamed what I have been calling the Kitchen Bed because it runs alongside that room. It has become the Pond Bed because it sprawls across a sunken pond filled in by our predecessors. At the western corner stands the frog pond created from an old cistern; at the eastern end theContinue reading “Redundant”

Picking Up The Autobiography

Yesterday evening, through the window beside my desk, Jackie photographed glistening pearls strung out by a furry spider. For reasons which will become particularly apparent from my post “The Foam Rubber Mattress”, patient readers who may have notice an hiatus in the drafting of my autobiography, may be pleased to know that I picked itContinue reading “Picking Up The Autobiography”

Grrrrr

A recent post from Sandra had me reaching for my copy of I will simply refer you to Sandra’s review and say that I enjoyed this short book in my 1977 paperback edition. Taking regular rests, today I was mostly occupied with irrigation and decapitation of garden plants, More lilies are blooming on the patio;Continue reading “Grrrrr”

Gracing The Back Drive

The weather today was overcast and cold, but mostly dry. A wander round the garden seemed to be in order. The upstairs windows gave me a new perspective in which the rescued red Japanese maple gapes in awe across and above to the majestic copper beech; I could look down on the gazebo clematis; andContinue reading “Gracing The Back Drive”

A More Manageable Garden

Our own garden is rather more manageable for dodgy knees than yesterday’s veritable undulating park. I took an amble around it this afternoon. Jackie thought that this very small daffodil, in one of the stone troughs resting on the front wall, had come up blind. In fact it has bloomed later than most. Behind theContinue reading “A More Manageable Garden”

Hay Ho

This morning Aaron of A.P. Maintenance completed his preparation of the Rose Garden for winter that is still being kept at bay. A week or so back he gave the shrub roses a good haircut. Today he laid our two year old compost around their bases. Clumps of bright yellow bidens, like these at theContinue reading “Hay Ho”