Watching Sport And Dead-Heading

Very early this morning I watched recorded highlights of the first two days of the current Test cricket match between England and India. One rose I tend to delay dead-heading is Félicite Perpetue, of which we have two abundant examples. Today I could find not even the slightest reason for procrastination. Here is the splendidContinue reading “Watching Sport And Dead-Heading”

Inside And Out

This morning and the early part of the afternoon Jackie continued her work on the Brick Path. My morning task was returning our bedroom to normal now that Nick has finished his clean decorating. This involved shoving the bed back into position; removing many items from the en suite bathroom, having the advantage of allowingContinue reading “Inside And Out”

Dank

During the morning of this decidedly dank day Jackie worked on tidying the lawn and its surrounding borders, while I did something similar in the front garden, cleared up debris and fed the compost bins front and back. Just in time for lunch a downpour sent us indoors. The Head Gardener left her tools outside,Continue reading “Dank”

A Dreich Dundee Day

Cowering trees swayed before the breath of the Big Bad Wolf raging overhead huffing and puffing in his attempts to blow down little pigs’ houses; pattering trotters tripped across the roof; bejewelled yet disconsolate blooms bent their weeping heads; precipitate rivulets raced down the window panes, as we awoke to a pleasantly cooler bedroom breezeContinue reading “A Dreich Dundee Day”

June Delights

On a day that returned us to warmth and full sunshine, Jackie spent much of it examining her floral babies and stretching to care for them, while I mostly wandered in and out of the garden with my camera. We have a number of clematises; numerous roses; freshly blooming rhododendrons; and more welcome alliums. TheContinue reading “June Delights”

Resisting The Elements

Knowing that we were to expect another leaden afternoon of rain Jackie spent a couple of hours in the garden setting gale damage to rights. I joined her and transported some refuse to the compost while chronicling the event. This was before we visited Mum in Woodpeckers. Our mother, sporting another of her best outfitsContinue reading “Resisting The Elements”

Her Pride And Joy

Late yesterday evening Jackie raced round the garden with her camera, gleefully photographing her pride and joy. Petunias, pelargoniums, phlox, fuchsias, clematises, alliums, agapanthuses, dahlias, verbenas, campanulas, erigeron, lilies, Japanese anemones, diascias, begonias, eucalyptus, roses, and no doubt many I’ve missed. As usual, clicking on any image will produce the gallery, each member of whichContinue reading “Her Pride And Joy”

Shifting Light

This morning my gardening occupations combined dead heading and making photographs. These roses Summer Wine and Altissimo, both coming again, were too high for me to reach with hand secateurs, and I couldn’t be bothered to fetch the steps. Bigifying will probably be necessary to appreciate these bees on bidens, on Japanese anemones, and comingContinue reading “Shifting Light”

A Clutch Of Clematis

Today was once more hot, humid, and overcast. This morning I printed a copy of my recent photograph of Aaron for his parents. His A.P. Maintenance tasks included the repair of the door of the Orange Shed which had managed to beat the shed itself to collapsing; and to level the uneven, sagging, brick footpathContinue reading “A Clutch Of Clematis”

Ella And The Ladybirds

Strong winds howled throughout the night, and did not abate until midday – then only temporarily. A warm sun put in intermittent appearances. Among Aaron’s tasks was weeding the Back Drive. “Where’s Aaron?” (10). Bigification might help with this one. Here are the results of my garden photoshoot. “Where’s Jackie?” (4) is the picture containingContinue reading “Ella And The Ladybirds”