The Ploughed Field

On another sunny but cold day of clear cerulean skies I walked further along Roger Cobb’s footpath and back. While traversing the garden into Downton Lane I paused to photograph species tulips Lilac Wonder, forget-me-nots, and daffodils vying for space in the Palm Bed. These three cyclists left the required amount of space as theyContinue reading “The Ploughed Field”

Cawing For His Mum

I delayed my walk around the garden until later this afternoon, hoping to take advantage of the light. Almost as soon as I had photographed this budding heuchera and this camellia bloom toning into graceful age, the skies closed the curtains, silhouetting the Weeping birch branches. I continued photographing a range of daffodils; another somewhatContinue reading “Cawing For His Mum”

Dressing Chef

I wandered around the garden in today’s early morning light. Alongside the magnolia Vulcan stand the first of our rhododendrons in full bloom. The small diurnal yellow and orange poppies that crop up everywhere have woken up; forget-me-nots also thrust through soil and gravel at will; even more ubiquitous are honesty, and bluebells. Iberis, aubretia,Continue reading “Dressing Chef”

Spot The Partridge

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK. While I lurked with a lens, Jackie continued, carefully, to cultivate the garden this morning. I had been struck by the trailContinue reading “Spot The Partridge”

No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK Today the Met Office threatened us with continuous steady rain. It didn’t come. We were also promisedContinue reading “No-one Will Buy Any Ice Cream Today”

The Fifth Child

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 A cooler temperature and continuous overcast skies returned today. This gave me a more satisfactory light for photographing pale flowers which I always find difficult inContinue reading “The Fifth Child”

The Big Beast Barrier

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Today, Jackie did a massive shop and I shifted a little more compost. Fluttering about the garden is what I think is, despite its yellow colouring, an Orange tip butterfly which stubbornly refuses to stop and pose. Instead this one held a mask of Honesty. This dwarf azalea is one thatContinue reading “The Big Beast Barrier”

Blue Ice Cream

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE AFTER SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. Forget-me-nots are now blooming throughout the garden, especially, like these, springing up through the paths. Our resident robin began the day in the shrubbery before taking up his stationContinue reading “Blue Ice Cream”

One Day Of Life

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED I can spot a dandelion or a bramble when it grows big enough to be difficult to eradicate. The Head Gardener can spot any sort of weed as soon as it pokes through soil. She can distinguish that soon between a plant she will welcome and allowContinue reading “One Day Of Life”

‘You Wouldn’t Like To Do That Again, Would You?’

On another warm and sunny day that, once we had got going in the garden, felt like the height of summer, we continued soil preparation. In addition to all her other maintenance tasks Jackie dug in the compost she had laid on the Palm Bed yesterday, and I completed the mulching of the rose garden withContinue reading “‘You Wouldn’t Like To Do That Again, Would You?’”