The Ubiquitous Red Jacket

Jackie spent all this day of intermittent sunshine and clouds continuing her weeding and watering, mostly in the Rose Garden. I rendered minimal assistance while wandering round with a camera listening to the avian orchestral matins. More clematises are now blooming; Marie Boisselot blends with Erigeron cascading at her feet; one we cannot name hasContinue reading “The Ubiquitous Red Jacket”

The New Bed Is No Longer New

  On 31st July 2014 Jackie began transporting concrete slabs I had dug out of the projected rose garden to form a retaining wall for the one compost heap. By 9th March 2015 we had decided to move the compost and convert the heap, which had been left by our predecessors, into The New Bed.Continue reading “The New Bed Is No Longer New”

Shots For Scale

Jackie and Nugget continued planting and bed making this morning while I cleared up some of the debris. Our little robin has even begun to get under my feet. He has begun to think ahead and, knowing where we are likely to go, arrives there before us. He only has to see me scoop upContinue reading “Shots For Scale”

Decidedly Not Smart

A number of terra cotta and yellow kniphofias have self-seeded at various places in the garden and have recently chosen to bloom rather late. These are in the Kitchen Bed, accompanied by hibiscus, petunias, Japanese anemones and fennel. This begonia and the pelargonium are recovering from near death with the benefit of Jackie’s tender care.Continue reading “Decidedly Not Smart”

Ice Cream Delivery

Jackie swept liberally scattered beech nuts from the Rose Garden this morning. Scoobie kept her company. On the Back Drive he found a fossilised rat which I opted not to photograph. We have a liberal supply of petunias, begonias, and Japanese anemones. Bees busied themselves gathering pollen, ignoring the fact that some plants remained dog-eared;Continue reading “Ice Cream Delivery”

Variations On A Game

Today winds were fresh; rain was absent; and the temperatures were cool. The verbena bonarensis attracted butterflies like this Comma; and this Small White, examples of which flitted everywhere, seeming to use white blooms as camouflage. Can you spot any one of these which will benefit from enlargement on accessing their gallery with a click?Continue reading “Variations On A Game”

Sunburst

I wandered around the garden late this afternoon, pointing the camera almost at random. Here are the results. Don’t miss a couple of bees. The Puerto Rico dahlia provided a sympathetic sunburst. As usual, galleries will provide titles. This evening we dined at The Wheel Inn at Bowling Green. We both enjoyed tempura prawns andContinue reading “Sunburst”

The Stumpery

Jill Weatherholt, in her comment on “The Path To Deadman Hill”, described Jackie’s young robin as a little nugget. His name is now Nugget. She spent the morning conversing with him whilst tidying the Oval Bed. After taking the above photographs I wandered round the garden. Hydrangeas need a lot of water, but the HeadContinue reading “The Stumpery”

“Are You Sure It’s In This Garden?”

Unfortunately I cannot remember which of my blogging friends wrote recently that she was very fond of clematises. Well, I am sure she knows who she is and will appreciate today’s post in her honour. This morning I decide to make a pictorial clematis collection. Where known, the titles of these plants may be foundContinue reading ““Are You Sure It’s In This Garden?””

The Evolution Of A Room

Today was hot enough for us to open doors and windows. One of these was the stable door. It is my fond imagining that a horse was once kept in what became the garage, which we converted to a utility room leading to a library, fronted by a boarded trellis bearing clematises, solanum, nasturtiums, petunias,Continue reading “The Evolution Of A Room”