Back Gardening

Yesterday evening we watched the second episode of series 3 of The Crown, which contained more scenes and dialogue stretching credulity/ Opposite the field occupied by our gimlet-eyed equine friend on South Sway Lane are heaped bags of free horse manure. We brought one back on 20th and I tipped it out onto the mostContinue reading “Back Gardening”

“Did Someone Mention Carrots?”

Although Dennis kept the wind up throughout the night and the morning, the rain desisted and some of the rainwater subsided. The swirling skirts of the weeping birch gave testimony to the strong breezes. Aaron had cleared up much of the garden debris yesterday, and no further untidiness manifested itself. Daffodils, snowdrops, camellias, and more,Continue reading ““Did Someone Mention Carrots?””

Comparatively Unscathed

Jackie produced a few photographs of dawn this morning. Although the skies would darken with rain squalls and the windspeed increase at intervals after lunch the morning was brighter and the speed 45 m.p.h. I toured the garden investigating what turned out to be very little damage. The patio planters in front of the FrenchContinue reading “Comparatively Unscathed”

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”

A Lindum House Holiday

Today I scanned a set of colour prints from April 2000. It was the time of daffodils, tulips, and fritillaries in Lindum House garden when Michael, Heidi, and their family drove up to Newark for one of their regular holidays. In preparation for her visit, our friend, Errol’s Uncle Frank, had turned a beer crateContinue reading “A Lindum House Holiday”

A More Manageable Garden

Our own garden is rather more manageable for dodgy knees than yesterday’s veritable undulating park. I took an amble around it this afternoon. Jackie thought that this very small daffodil, in one of the stone troughs resting on the front wall, had come up blind. In fact it has bloomed later than most. Behind theContinue reading “A More Manageable Garden”

A Year For Honesty

Today the weather was fairly gloomy. Early rain gave way to overcast clouds and oppressive warmth. Our own garden seemed the best venue. Bees, nevertheless, were busy plundering the amanogawa cherry now in full bloom. Tulips, which, until now have kept their collars tightly buttoned, are beginning to think about loosening their ties. Avian courtingContinue reading “A Year For Honesty”

A Surprise To Come

Beginning with the cherry trees at the front, I focussed on the garden this morning. A crafty sparrow uses this holly tree as a diversionary tactic en route to its nest around the corner. Despite the efforts of cumbersome pigeons and pelting hailstones, the pale pink winter flowering example has bloomed constantly since September; aContinue reading “A Surprise To Come”

Tanners Lane

This afternoon I ambled round the sunlit garden. Pink and red camellias, which first bloomed in January, appear to be going on for ever. Tulips, like these yellow ones, are now replacing some fading daffodils, while a variety of others are still in the bloom of youth. Jackie planted these leucojum vernum last Autumn. TheContinue reading “Tanners Lane”

Always A Drop To Drink

Today was milder and wetter. Last autumn, Jackie had planted up a pair of tubs for Mum’s garden. Now the intended recipient occupies a care home, one of these graces the garden of her empty bungalow. The other stands in front of the trellis adorning our garage door. We took a short trip to theContinue reading “Always A Drop To Drink”