“Hello Barbara”

Mum perked up yesterday afternoon. When Elizabeth and Jacqueline arrived she was sitting up in bed, drinking from her own cup. She stayed awake for two hours; conversed lucidly; and consumed a little liquid nourishment, antibiotics, and water. Staff were concerned about her breathing overnight and she is to be given morphine to make herContinue reading ““Hello Barbara””

Her Autumn Garden

Jackie spent the day in her element, nurturing her Autumn garden, which I photographed at intervals. WordPress willing, each of these images is individually titled in the gallery. Later, I scanned the next four of Charles Keeping’s superb illustrations to ‘Our Mutual Friend’. ‘Composedly smoking, he leaned an elbow on the chimney-piece and looked atContinue reading “Her Autumn Garden”

A Double Lily

This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/08/16/a-knights-tale-17-the-young-girl-actually-accepted-it/ Later, I joined Jackie in the Rose Garden where she rearranged plants and watered, while I dead headed. Until the Head Gardener restrained her, Lady Hamilton spread herself about a bit. She has been tethered since I made these pictures as I noticed when, later, we enjoyed evening drinks besideContinue reading “A Double Lily”

Despite The Winds Of August

Yesterday’s winds were not quite as bad as expected, but they persisted today, amid sunny spells. The Head Gardener carried out more pruning, clipping, and tidying, with minimal assistance from me. After lunch I wandered around with my camera. Here is a selection of our white flowers, comprising Marguerites, cosmos, dahlias. Japanese anemones, and petunias.Continue reading “Despite The Winds Of August”

Clinging Precariously

Knowing that we could expect heavy rain this afternoon, Jackie spent all morning trimming Wedding Day on the Agriframes Arch which would be bound to be ravaged. She completed the task as the rain began. I carried out dead heading, a little clearing up, and photography. Phlox are doing very well this year. It isContinue reading “Clinging Precariously”

Happy Planting

Jackie spent most of this pleasantly sunny day on general garden maintenance, including spraying about half of the Back Drive weeds with herbicide. My contribution was dead heading, hand weeding, and clearing debris, in one long and one short bursts. Here are some blooms of For Your Eyes Only, before and after dead heading. IContinue reading “Happy Planting”

Not As Punishing As Expected

This is the second delicately wind-chiming owl that Jackie has found smashed to smithereens by gale force winds. She wasn’t about to buy another so she carefully super-glued the pieces together late yesterday. She has since managed to prise her fingers apart. Much of the day has been spent tying up or removing fallen plants.Continue reading “Not As Punishing As Expected”

No More Dado Rails

Although the fierce winds that we have experienced for the last few days continued to pound us for much of the day, it was warm, sunny, and bright, encouraging me to wander round the garden with my camera. A few trugs were transported, and a few pots blown down; some trees were being stripped ofContinue reading “No More Dado Rails”

Lin Brook In Spate

On a day of sunshine and showers we each took our cameras into the garden during brief sunny spells. Madame Alfred Carriere seems to think it is spring, despite sharing the Rose Garden entrance with hips from Summer Wine. Everlasting sweet peas are equally confused. These wear raindrop pearls which glisten over the Gazebo PathContinue reading “Lin Brook In Spate”

From Garden To Woodland

Jackie spent much of the morning working in the greenhouse, alongside which this is the view to the yellowing weeping birch. Pansies are blooming in the iron urn and in hanging baskets; others of which contain such as petunias and calendulas. It is still the season for dahlias of varying hues. A variety of fuchsiasContinue reading “From Garden To Woodland”