They Escaped The Secateurs

Jackie spent much of the day watering the garden; my major task was dead heading roses. Here is a gallery of some of those that escaped the secateurs: Each picture is labelled in the gallery which can be accessed by clicking on any image. This evening we dined on Jackie’s hot, spicy, pasta arrabbiata withContinue reading “They Escaped The Secateurs”

A Bunch Of Roses

This afternoon I dead headed some roses then photographed them. In the Rose Garden, Mum in a million is chaperoned by similarly hued self seeded foxgloves and gladioli that have found their way from the compost; Summer Time, already tied up has sprung away from its tether and needed to be put back in itsContinue reading “A Bunch Of Roses”

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”

Hot Gardening

At different times in this very hot day I have shared watering duties with the Head Gardener and carried some of her refuse to the compost bins. Jackie has continued potting and tidying. When possible she sits and lifts the containers on any available surface. The wisteria draped over its arbour here offers her aContinue reading “Hot Gardening”

Almost Too Quick

Heavy rain this morning gave way to bright, sunny, spells; in one of which I photographed some raindrops on roses, dahlia Puerto Rico, a begonia, a pelargonium, fuchias, and penstemons. Japanese anemones had managed to stay dry. It didn’t take Nugget long to join in, and he was almost too quick for “Where’s Nugget?” (29)Continue reading “Almost Too Quick”

Drawing, Painting, Retouching

My ten year old granddaughter, Imogen sent me these drawings by e-mail yesterday. I think her line, her shading, and her composition are exceptional. Today we had a visit from another artist, in the form of John Jones making one of his occasional paintings of the garden. The day was seriously hot and humid asContinue reading “Drawing, Painting, Retouching”

Before The Storm

Threatened with a thunderstorm, after two lengthy dead-heading sessions, I wandered around the garden while Jackie continued with her general tidying and maintenance work. The blooms in these images of the Rose Garden and the bed at its entrance are identified in the titles of the galleries, each of which can be accessed by aContinue reading “Before The Storm”

Compatriots

I wasn’t able to dead head all the roses today, although I carried out quite a long session with secateurs before my knees suggested that a rest might be in order. After taking one, it seemed likely that spent buds would not spoil any photographs, so I wandered around with the camera. Here are fourContinue reading “Compatriots”

A Glorious Summer’s Day

Jackie spent most of her birthday of gloriously sunny weather continuing her replenishing and refurbishment of her vast number of plant containers. In particular she concentrated on the stone urns, pots, and hanging baskets in the Rose Garden, into which a small dragonfly glided, coming to rest on the warm paving bricks. Bees were busyContinue reading “A Glorious Summer’s Day”

Fireworks

The sun today made fleeting, peeping, appearances in the garden. These elegant, slender, gladioli are proliferating outside the kitchen door; as does clematis Marie Boisselot in-urned in the Kitchen Bed alongside a deep red peony, single petalled examples of which stand in the Dragon Bed. Other clematises include Niobe on the corner of the kitchenContinue reading “Fireworks”