La Reine Pédauque

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENTS MAY BE MADE WITH A CLICK OR TWO Jackie has come to an agreement with Jessica at rusty duck to attempt to preserve this year’sContinue reading “La Reine Pédauque”

By Request

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Pauline, The Contented Crafter, recently expressed an interest in seeing a photograph showing the whole length of the garden and the house. Well, this may have been possible were it not for the foliage in between. Nevertheless, I did my best to comply. I managed to crossContinue reading “By Request”

The Lady Of Shalott

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENHANCE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning I made this crop of a photograph taken at Burley in May, and Jackie turned it into a birthday card for Bill, whose party we were to attend later. Among the various tasks carried out by Aaron was heavily pruning a spent philadelphus. Bending theContinue reading “The Lady Of Shalott”

What’s This Beetle?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Supplementing this morning’s work on ‘A Knight’s Tale’ were my posts ‘Auntie Gwen’ and ‘One For Rebeckah’, from which this photograph was included. This afternoon the weather was dry, overcast, and humid, with the sun sometimes sneaking a peek at what I was up to. This wasContinue reading “What’s This Beetle?”

After The Rain 1

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read to the end if you are watching the rugby recorded. This morning Jackie weeded and planted chrysanthemums in the front garden, whilst I dug out the remaining roots of the ficus in preparation for planting the pansies. In the event, a heavy thunderstorm ruled out putting the pansies to bed. TheyContinue reading “After The Rain 1”

‘I Was Afraid You Were Going To Say That’

Early this morning I continued working my way through the backlog of e-mails. I then finished clearing the section of overgrown shrubbery. This involved extracting more stubborn roots; dismantling the rock wall in the middle of it; using some of these to build up the border with the pergola path, and laying others as access steppingContinue reading “‘I Was Afraid You Were Going To Say That’”

The Name Of The Rose

Substituting scissors for secateurs, the Head Gardener began the day by cutting my hair. We settled the dispute about how long ago she last performed this pruning, by referring to our customary aide-memoire – this blog. It was 14th March. There were no pestiferous flies to eradicate. It seemed only fair for me to cut theContinue reading “The Name Of The Rose”

Reversion

This afternoon I tackled sports. Now, please don’t imagine that that means my knee is miraculously fully recovered. I speak of reversion; not of myself, but of the horticultural variety. Variegated plants are generally selected from a sport, or mutation, of a pure green plant. The sport is then propagated by cuttings, grafting or division to retain itsContinue reading “Reversion”