Bees And Other Insects

On the afternoon of this decidedly sultry summer’s day I cleared up the Head Gardener’s debris from the morning, then followed insects around with my camera. Small White butterflies sought camouflage among Erigeron and rented verbena bonariensis accommodation from bees and flies which tested the strength of the Erigeron. A bluebottle clung to hebe leaves.Continue reading “Bees And Other Insects”

A Spectral Steed

Jackie has a penchant for before and after photographs. When I visited Sears Barbers in Milford on Sea for my first haircut since they reopened after the coronavirus lockdown it was inevitable that she would record before, during, and after Peter’s administration. On our way home at lunchtime we had noticed windsurfers over Barton onContinue reading “A Spectral Steed”

Frisky Cattle, Somnolent Ponies

Hot, flyblown, weather has returned.This afternoon we took a short drive into the forest. Cattle at East Boldre were surprisingly energetic in the humid heat. They travelled quickly across the moorland, interrupting their grazing with a mounting amount of head-butting. More somnolent ponies took what shelter they could from the East Boldre bus hut. OneContinue reading “Frisky Cattle, Somnolent Ponies”

Better Than Expected

Today’s winds have dropped to 20 m.p.h. When opening the gate for Aaron this morning I checked on the storm damage. There really wasn’t much more than I had noticed yesterday. The downpipe to the water butt on the corner of the kitchen wall had become unstuck; a few extra pots had fallen; the sweetContinue reading “Better Than Expected”

Nest Building

For some time now, Aaron, our very own Green Man, has been working his way through the removal of the stumps of the old grizelinia hedging that he cut down a year or two back. This morning he completed the task. We now have several clusters of snake’s head fritillaries; orange and yellow epimedium, whichContinue reading “Nest Building”

What Has Been Happening

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. Today, shyly, a warm sun peeped periodically through the slow moving clouds, which released no rain. This gave an opportunity to wander around the garden toContinue reading “What Has Been Happening”

Thorns And Scratches

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY Jackie is making good headway on her Spring planting Two sarcococcas, small shrubs which already dispense amazing scents, have been tried out with temporary plonking in their pots; Other seeds, bulbs, and corms to come, are marked with packet labels; Our first daffodilContinue reading “Thorns And Scratches”

Dicing With Death

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED What does Aaron have in common with a bee? You might be forgiven for imagining that it is that they both have very high work rates. That would be a good answer, but incorrect. Watching our friend, unlit ciggy between lips, firing one-handed from the hip withContinue reading “Dicing With Death”

Knickerbocker Glory

I did a little bit of dead-heading in the Rose Garden this morning, and watched the Wimbledon men’s semi-finals this afternoon. Between matches, I took a break and wandered around the garden, particularly to see how the agapanthuses are coming along. The first image shows them against the backcloth of the Palm Bed, on theContinue reading “Knickerbocker Glory”

Refreshment

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Jackie carried out much knowledgeable weeding and planting this morning, whilst I cleared up the discards and conveyed them to the compost pile. The early¬†sun lit libertias standing in the Weeping Birch Bed, and enlivened the burgeoning Rose Garden. Various clematises, including this wonderfully scented Montana festoonedContinue reading “Refreshment”