Like Joyce’s Wet Bed

Early this sultry morning, before setting off to meet her sisters for lunch, Jackie carried out necessary garden irrigation which I continued after enjoying the lunch she had left prepared for me. After giving pots a fresh-water- and myself a sudorific-drenching I proceeded to a little dead heading that I had failed to ignore. Aaron,Continue reading “Like Joyce’s Wet Bed”

Sweated Labour

On another sweltering, humid day we made short trips into the garden largely for the purposes of watering, mainly plants in hanging baskets. Speaking for myself, I needed to wait until I had stopped soaking my T-shirt and recovered from my efforts before I was almost fit enough to wander around to admire our workContinue reading “Sweated Labour”

Making Do

On another hot summer’s day visiting traffic continued to pour into our area, so we stayed at home and I made do with garden flower photography. During the morning and later in the afternoon Jackie concentrated hard on irrigation, including filling the Waterboy’s shell, the level of which suffers from dehydration and thirsty birds. ButterfliesContinue reading “Making Do”

Shifting Light

This morning my gardening occupations combined dead heading and making photographs. These roses Summer Wine and Altissimo, both coming again, were too high for me to reach with hand secateurs, and I couldn’t be bothered to fetch the steps. Bigifying will probably be necessary to appreciate these bees on bidens, on Japanese anemones, and comingContinue reading “Shifting Light”

Raindrops On Everything

The wind and rain returned with a vengeance today and beset us until late afternoon. Knowing what we were in for last night we lay down the patio chairs and furled the three garden parasols. During a slight lull in the deluge I photographed raindrops on agapanthus, sweet peas, gladiolus, pelargoniums, fuchsia Garden News, dahlias,Continue reading “Raindrops On Everything”

Clamouring For His Close-up

When I began my perambulation round the garden this morning Jackie observed that I was photographing similar subjects to her. She had taken her walk even earlier. We therefore each produced a gallery in changing light. This is Jackie’s set. The galleried images each bear identifying titles, some with further descriptions. Click on any imageContinue reading “Clamouring For His Close-up”

Scents

On a sunny and mild morning I spent some time dead heading and transporting clippings to the compost bins. Jackie pruned and tidied the lawn area, keeping me supplied with bags of refuse. The eucalyptus has now been adorned with its pendant baskets. Nugget played his game in “Where’s Nugget?” (84) and (85). A clickContinue reading “Scents”

Meet Muggle

Weather-wise this was a gloomy, but largely dry, day which Jackie began by photographing her now completed work on preparing the New Bed for winter. Her lens also produced images of the stumpery; roses including Super Elfin still scaling the Gothic arch; Mum in a million, Absolutely Fabulous, and Just Joey gracing the Rose Garden;Continue reading “Meet Muggle”

Protective Custody

Between watching recordings of the Rugby World Cup quarter final matches featuring Wales and France then Japan and South Africa, I wandered round the garden. When we arrived here five years ago a variegated myrtle bush that had grown to a tree was in the process of reverting, This meant that the two-toned cultivated leavesContinue reading “Protective Custody”

Flying Gulls

Last night I watched the recorded rugby World Cup match between Japan and Samoa; this morning those between New Zealand and Namibia, and between France and Tonga. I then photographed some examples of our nasturtiums, blooming until the first frost; our generous begonias; our varied dahlias; our honesty seed pod medallions; our hardier clematises suchContinue reading “Flying Gulls”