Noon In The Knight Garden

At noon, on another warm, sunny, day with a moderate breeze, I poked my camera out of the upstairs window in order to record the garden’s continuing splendour. (I was inspired by a comment from Elizabeth Gauffreau for today’s title) This afternoon I finished reading ‘David Copperfield’ and scanned the final eight drawings with whichContinue reading “Noon In The Knight Garden”

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”

Running For Cover

Following a warning of further fierce winds we carried out our normal protective preparations early this morning. Although still strong the gusts were not as forceful as yesterday. Soon after lunch we took a drive into the forest to take our minds off any possible storm damage. As we approached Smugglers Road car park weContinue reading “Running For Cover”

Beside The Pond

This morning was the dry part of day beset with showers of varying ferocity. We shopped at Ferndene Farm Shop for three more bags of compost and a replenishment of our stock of fruit and vegetables, then continued into the forest. Fly-decorated ponies planted in the road around the fully occupied Holmsley Campsite did theirContinue reading “Beside The Pond”

Battered, Bedraggled, Bejewelled

I began a thoroughly wet morning by posting: https://derrickjknight.com/2021/07/27/a-knights-tale-5-that-heady-optimistic-summer/ During the afternoon the rain eased off and I wandered round the garden with my camera, photographing battered, bedraggled, and bejewelled blooms, each of which is separately titled in the gallery. Later, I read more of Charles Dickens’s ‘David Copperfield’ and scanned four more of CharlesContinue reading “Battered, Bedraggled, Bejewelled”

A Knight’s Tale (1 : “A Sneaky Weekend”)

On another blisteringly hot day, before the sun was fully up, I produced a dozen current garden views from above. Later, Jackie occupied herself planting and watering, while I carried out some dead heading. These activities were continued at intervals throughout the day. Some years ago, now, encouraged by a number of my readers, IContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (1 : “A Sneaky Weekend”)”

Signage

This is the footpath to the centre of the Palm Bed that we cleared yesterday. On another scorching hot day we began the gardening early. My contribution was a dead heading tour, a certain amount of weeding, and a little clearing up. After lunch I scanned the next five of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to DavidContinue reading “Signage”

Hoverflies Can Stand The Heat

This afternoon seemed even too hot for bees. Jackie continued her garden maintenance work. My contribution included trimming the edges of the lawn, a modicum of dead heading, and acting as the Head Gardener’s bagman, to and fro the compost bins. We enjoyed, however, a host of hoverflies, seen here on For Your Eyes Only,Continue reading “Hoverflies Can Stand The Heat”

Clear Paths

Today remained hot-sticky-humid throughout with very little sunshine. This morning Jackie ironed the last bedsheet; this afternoon I pressed the last three shirts. The Head Gardener continued clearing, composting, and planting; while I applied myself to dead heading such as Mamma Mia, Crown Princess Margareta, and Absolutely Fabulous; and to gathering up heaps of clippings.Continue reading “Clear Paths”

Path Clearances

Today continued with warm clammy-inducing humidity. The morning was still drizzly; although the afternoon was dry. We both carried out further stints on the ironing backlog; Jackie’s before, and mine mainly after, lunch. During the last few days, the Head Gardener has continued clearing the borders of paths such as the Phantom Path, the CryptomeriaContinue reading “Path Clearances”