Plants Carry On Regardless

Ian from Cleansing Services Group emptied our septic tank this morning. As always, he got on with it without our interference. This afternoon I ventured into the garden to discover what had been occurring whilst I have been holed up indoors. Very brisk north east winds sped fluffy clouds along helping the sun to putContinue reading “Plants Carry On Regardless”

Blooming Today

On another bright, cold, morning I nipped upstairs to photograph from above Florence continuing her general clearing of the garden beds. After lunch I focussed on a few flowers, including Amanogawa cherry; varieties of cyclamen, of daffodils, of camellias, of tulips; smiling pansies; a sunlit hellebore; a hanging fritillary; and a sweetly scented Daphne OdorataContinue reading “Blooming Today”

Trapeze

For the last few days we had experienced a cold North East wind. Today was much warmer, and sunnier than we had expected. Jackie photographed the weather vane showing the shift to South West. She spent much of the day working in the garden where she gathered images of perky pansies in different containers; closeContinue reading “Trapeze”

John’s Bedroom

The moon still shone brightly as Jackie went out to photograph the pastel pink dawn as it tinted the roof tiles over the gabled bedroom that harboured John Corden on his recent visit. Although we had suffered a little more damage such as fallen ┬ápots, supports, and owls on the decking, the camellias continue toContinue reading “John’s Bedroom”

Backing Up

Knowing that we were to expect further stormy weather today, Jackie helpfully took her camera into the garden at dusk yesterday and photographed primulas, cyclamens, bergenia, hellebores, camellias, clematis cirrhosa Freckles, a pelargonium, a mahonia with accompanying New Zealand flax, snowdrops, and Daphne odorata marginata all in bloom. The Generous Gardener rose set to climbContinue reading “Backing Up”

Bembridge

Jackie rose early this morning and sat in a chair on the patio with a cup of instant coffee. In an instant Nugget was on a paving stone peering hopefully up at the rim of the cup. Now, “Where’s Nugget?” (16). Today’s weather was blustery and damp. The Test Match was delayed until after lunch.Continue reading “Bembridge”

Back In The Garden

Stormy weather and a heavy cold have kept me indoors for the last week. Today the wind has dropped to 20 m.p.h. and the sun has shone. I therefore took a walk in the garden. Jackie now has the cold and is currently housebound. Our winter flowering cherry remains bright against the blue sky above.Continue reading “Back In The Garden”

Magnolia Time

This afternoon Jackie drove us into the forest. The gardens of Sway featured a flowing stream beyond a lichen tattooed tree in Mead End Road; a pink magnolia towering over a hedge in Adlam’s Lane; a magnolia stellata competing with a variegated privet in Brighton Road; and another pink one stating its ascendancy over aContinue reading “Magnolia Time”

The Bit Between Her Teeth

Each morning at dawn, as I work on my laptop, I watch pigeons sizing each other up on the telephone cables, or atop the blighted oak on the opposite side of Christchurch Road. Later in the morning, Jackie walked into the garden to bring back photographs of her cyclamens lining the Head Gardener’s Walk. HavingContinue reading “The Bit Between Her Teeth”