Moulting

We spent the hot summer’s cloudless day gardening; well, Jackie spent the day at it while I chipped in intermittently. Jackie took advantage of what shade she could. In addition to dead bloom decapitation and carting clippings to compost bins I produced some photographs. The blooms and garden views in this gallery can be identifiedContinue reading “Moulting”

Escalating The Situation

With the aid of Elizabeth’s stick I managed to walk the whole length of Downton Lane and back. A cyclist passed me on the way down, and was himself overtaken by a car. As they approached the bend, round came another bicycle The pedallers made a neat vehicle sandwich and no harm was done. AcrossContinue reading “Escalating The Situation”

Passing Pedestrian Pairs

On another hot, sunny, day I took a stroll around the garden, passing the Dead End Path; the Heligan Path; the Rose Garden; the Palm Bed: and the Cryptomeria Bed – where’s Jackie in this shot?. Jackie weeded, planted, and generally tidied, including rearranging pots to her liking. She photographed some of these herself. andContinue reading “Passing Pedestrian Pairs”

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”

Building Materials

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX ON BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK WHICH CAN BE REPEATED IF REQUIRED. Today’s sky was cloudless, the sun shone, and the temperature was hot enoughContinue reading “Building Materials”

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”

A Splendid Morning

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The weather this morning was splendid. The morning was to become more so, with a visit from good friends. In eager anticipation of the arrival Jackie was out early sweeping the corridors, manicuring the green carpet, refreshing the flowers, and generally tidying up the reception room thatContinue reading “A Splendid Morning”

Patrick’s Patch Revisited

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We enjoyed a productive drive through the forest this morning. On¬†Hincheslea Moor the horizon still bore the early haze, as one man and his dog disappeared into the bracken, whilst the sun’s rays illuminated the rest, especially the bright purple heather. Venturing into the wooded area atContinue reading “Patrick’s Patch Revisited”

Bunting

This morning’s garden maintenance including more pruning, weeding, and digging up of brambles. Comma butterflies are still transfixed by the verbena bonarensis. Here are two views of the work in progress in the rose garden: ¬† The reason for the hose is that each new plant requires four gallons of water daily, and we areContinue reading “Bunting”

A Cracking Match

This morning’s task was to dig a pit I had chickened out of last night. This was for the lace-cap hydrangea alongside the orange shed. Beneath about two inches of poor soil lay an impacted heap of rubble. With pick-axe, fork, and spade, I managed to get through what we hope is enough of itContinue reading “A Cracking Match”