Sundown Silhouette

Now that the last few days’ brisk breezes have subsided, and with a clear cerulean sky above and cool temperatures below, this morning I gathered up a few fallen branches from the beech and weeping birch trees; some cryptomeria clippings; and Jackie’s piled debris from the rose garden. After lunch I toured with my cameraContinue reading “Sundown Silhouette”

Today’s Hobbyhorses

Our extended Indian summer continues. Early this morning the three of us spent some time in the garden where I photographed a number of blooms, the names of which are all included in the galleries. The blue Morning Glories only flowered for the first time last week. Bees are still plundering the cosmoses. After thisContinue reading “Today’s Hobbyhorses”

A Post Covid Visit

On a warm and sunny day our friend Jessie who, because of Covid, has not been able to visit for three years, arrived in time for lunch to stay for the weekend. It was delightful to catch up again, and for Jessie to be able to remind us of all the changes both inside theContinue reading “A Post Covid Visit”

Garden News

Although the sun shone most of this dry day, the overnight winds remained decidedly brisk. This afternoon I was swept round the garden in search of plants still enough for me to photograph them without panning. These cosmoses now greet us across the kitchen door. The patio planters and pots, as usual have caught theContinue reading “Garden News”

Rooting And Wallowing

This morning while Jackie shopped at Tesco I carried out a bunch of dead heading. After lunch I wandered around the garden with my camera and photographed a range of blooms, each of which is titled in the gallery; a bee on a cosmos and a comma butterfly on verbena bonariensis. Later this afternoon weContinue reading “Rooting And Wallowing”

“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”