The New Bed Is No Longer New

  On 31st July 2014 Jackie began transporting concrete slabs I had dug out of the projected rose garden to form a retaining wall for the one compost heap. By 9th March 2015 we had decided to move the compost and convert the heap, which had been left by our predecessors, into The New Bed.Continue reading “The New Bed Is No Longer New”

First Donkey Foals

Jackie has not neglected the front garden in her clearing and planting of the last few days. This morning I gathered and bagged up her cuttings from the gravel path. Erigerons, day lilies, Hot Chocolate rose and fuchsia feature here. Clematises, nasturtiums, petunias, lobelias, and solanum currently bloom in front of the garage door. ThisContinue reading “First Donkey Foals”

One Day In The Garden

Today the sun rose before 8 a.m., took an early lunch, and re-emerged in the evening. The brighter light picked out the scenes and the plants before my dead-heading of the roses which occupied most of the morning. Clicking on any image to access its gallery will reveal titles and locations. These post prandial photographsContinue reading “One Day In The Garden”

Garden Housework

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Throughout the garden we have prolific clusters of small orange and yellow poppies that shed their petals each day. Regular dead-heading encourages further growth. It has beenContinue reading “Garden Housework”

Russell Is Definitely Imprinted On Jackie

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT I was first in the garden this morning. I wanted to check on our crow. This is aContinue reading “Russell Is Definitely Imprinted On Jackie”

Presentable For The Camera

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, ANY MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT This morning I wandered round the garden with camera and crutch, but no perch. I began with the patio, and its hanging baskets and planters. TheContinue reading “Presentable For The Camera”

Parts I Haven’t Been Able To Reach

On a hot, sunny, afternoon, aided by a crutch, I walked down the Brick Path to the top of the Back Drive, where Jackie provided me with three more perching spots. I couldn’t resist periodically stopping en route for a few shots from a standing position, sans crutch. Once settled at the top of theContinue reading “Parts I Haven’t Been Able To Reach”

A Glimpse Of What’s Been Happening

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ACCESS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. A combination of my own slumbering stupor and a hot, humid, largely overcast, day presaging the predicted thunderstorm caused me to doze the day away. Jackie, however, prepared Mum’s perchingContinue reading “A Glimpse Of What’s Been Happening”

She Powdered Her Face

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today’s weather would have blessed any Summer’s day. It was warm and sunny, and Jackie and I raised a sweat as we continued weeding, planting, and lopping. I use ‘we’ loosely. I mainly tidied up after the real work. We transported the two full orange bags of cuttings toContinue reading “She Powdered Her Face”

A Day In The Life Of A Tulip

Our own cowslips are now rivalling those in Downton Lane, and in parts are tall enough to force their way through the not yet flowering geraniums. The long-pile erigeron welcome mat outside the patio doors is beginning to reveal its woven floral motif. We also have more tulips opened out. In the daytime that is.Continue reading “A Day In The Life Of A Tulip”