It’s An Ill Wind……..

We are in direct line from The Needles off the Isle of Wight. The heaviest gust of wind overnight sweeping through these iconic rocks was recorded at 109 miles per hour. Even this morning rains continued and the wind speeds were in excess of 70 m.p.h. This was definitely a day for staying indoors andContinue reading “It’s An Ill Wind……..”

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”

No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK Today the Met Office threatened us with continuous steady rain. It didn’t come. We were also promisedContinue reading “No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today”

Spot The Difference

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. In today’s gardening division of labour my contribution was weeding the back drive, while Jackie continued planting, weeding, and watering. My main focus was on the bed alongside the new fence.Continue reading “Spot The Difference”

Keep Off My Roof

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. We carried out a little more gardening maintenance today. Jackie concentrated on conditioning beds and pots like this sweet pea trough. It was not her own hunger that caused her to applyContinue reading “Keep Off My Roof”

A Lost Shadow

IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM – TWICE IF NECESSARY Ronan the Boilerman fitted a new thermostat to our hot water cylinder tank this morning. That means we no longer scald our hands and have to turn on the cold tap every time we want to wash them. Jackie spent much of theContinue reading “A Lost Shadow”

‘You Wouldn’t Like To Do That Again, Would You?’

On another warm and sunny day that, once we had got going in the garden, felt like the height of summer, we continued soil preparation. In addition to all her other maintenance tasks Jackie dug in the compost she had laid on the Palm Bed yesterday, and I completed the mulching of the rose garden withContinue reading “‘You Wouldn’t Like To Do That Again, Would You?’”

Not Quite The Man I Was

When Jackie heavily pruned a bay tree in our front garden last autumn, some of the branches escaped into the untended jungle next door. This morning, I decided to do the decent thing and remove them. I cut them to size and filled one of the gravel container bags with them. Later, Jackie and IContinue reading “Not Quite The Man I Was”

Chips And Gravy

Vine weevil larvae have been feeding on the roots of Jackie’s prized heucheras. Our eagle-eyed head gardener spotted the wilting plants yesterday afternoon, lifted what was left of them, scraped off the infestation, and placed them in water to encourage new growth. The rubber duck is keeping its eye on them. Favouring those in pots, these voracious intruders,Continue reading “Chips And Gravy”

The Secret Garden Gate

The clerodendrum trichotomum now wears its autumn colours. Encouraged by our weekend’s progress on the back drive we decided to clear the other side today. Since most of this runs alongside the back of the unoccupied garden, it is a different prospect – more a question of determining which shrubs are ours and which ourContinue reading “The Secret Garden Gate”