A Negative Tattoo

The day dawned dull yet dry; the air cool and cheerless. Nevertheless Compassion rose, its neighbouring geranium palmatum; rose Penny Lane and her accompanying clematis Dr Ruppel flourished well enough as I made my way into the garden to gather up clippings from the Head Gardener’s morning graft. After lunch I carried out an extensiveContinue reading “A Negative Tattoo”

For The Bees

Between stints in the garden today, which varied from overcast-gloom to sun-bright, I finished reading Chekhov’s engaging story entitled ‘Teacher of Literature” (1894). Essentially tracing the journey from childhood hardship to the consequences of unearned comfort the tale is told with human insight and with delightful bucolic descriptions. I will not reveal the changes inContinue reading “For The Bees”

More Garden Assistance

Early this morning we shopped at Ferndene Farm Shop for three more 60 litre bags of compost and another tray of bedding plants. This afternoon we were treated to a most welcome visit from Danni and Ella. Our great niece made straight for her box of mice that hide under the TV, after which sheContinue reading “More Garden Assistance”

Meet Nugget Junior

This morning while gardening Jackie photographed rose Emily Gray, a highly scented rambler gracing the back drive border out of sight in this shot; clematis Doctor Ruppel climbing the weeping birch; a row of blue irises with the bonus of a yellow stowaway in the bag of bulbs; Nugget, and his son Junior, still notContinue reading “Meet Nugget Junior”

An Appeal For Help

This morning was wet and dull. Light rain glistened on the dimly lit garden foliage seen from the bedroom windows. After lunch the sun smiled down and spread a little joy. It was warm enough for Aaron to mow Mistletoe Cottage’s lawn wearing a T-shirt. I wandered around at ground level noting roses including PeachContinue reading “An Appeal For Help”

None Of That Nonsense

Late this afternoon rain had brought abandonment to the first day of the fourth Ashes Test match, but here it was reasonably warm and sunny. Jackie, hindered by Nugget, continued planting, while I wandered around the garden. Clematis Marie Boisselot, in her third flush, has now toned down her blue rinse. Other clematises, such asContinue reading “None Of That Nonsense”

The Watchers On The Shore

Today’s weather was once more clear, bright, sunny, and cooler. Bees continued collecting nectar throughout the garden. On my walk around I captured them on bidens, and on the more mature blooms of Festive Jewel. Crisp young examples of the latter await their turn at contributing to the queen’s larder. Tomatoes continue to ripen inContinue reading “The Watchers On The Shore”

The Best Cricket Of The Day

Jackie photographed nicotiana and petunias on her way to the Rose Garden, where she attempted to don the Festive Jewel. Nugget is beginning to fly into the trees and shout his warning message to what we think is a distant emerging territorial rival. “Where’s Nugget?” (7a) in this picture, taken when he dropped down toContinue reading “The Best Cricket Of The Day”

The Garden Wept

Hanging its head, the garden wept early this morning; to brighten later; albeit with less than entirely dry cheeks. Bees basked on sunlit blooms; as did butterflies like this Red Admiral on the lobelia. Jackie’s planting of phlox in the West Bed brought her little robin, Nugget, out in search of goodies. “Where’s Nugget?” (6)Continue reading “The Garden Wept”

Raindrops On Roses

Having been informed by Bob on https://lovewillbringustogether.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/blue-skies-smilin-at-me/ that Australia’s Perth is having its driest spell on record I thought that today’s overnight visitors from that city might not be too sorry that our day has been overcast and wet. Nevertheless, our cordeline Australis, eucalyptus, and yellow bottle brush plant, all beginning to bloom, may giveContinue reading “Raindrops On Roses”