Guarding The Nest

During a suitable break in the showers this morning I focussed on the refreshed flora in somewhat bedraggled bees in the garden. Examples are antirrhinums and foxgloves; Several bees, in their waterproofs, can be seen among these roses, petunias, geraniums, rhododendrons, poppies, and bottle brush plants. Danni and Ella came to lunch bearing a packetContinue reading “Guarding The Nest”

Watering And Planting

Yesterday evening we met Becky and Ian at the Darbar restaurant in Emsworth. This was an excellent venue for our dinner. Inspired by the food of the Moguls the meals were quite unusual with aromatic spice blends; the service was friendly, tactful, and efficient. Jackie’s choice of main course was paneer shashlik; mine was goatContinue reading “Watering And Planting”

It Couldn’t Wait For My Return

On this bright and sunny afternoon, Jackie leapfrogged Mum’s perching stool down the garden, giving me three observation posts for a brief sojourn listening to the birds and pointing my lens. I was able to look along the Brick Path past the prolific clematis Doctor Ruppel and the slightly scented rose Penny Lane, both intendedContinue reading “It Couldn’t Wait For My Return”

Energy-Sapping Humidity

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Today was hotter, and considerably more humid than yesterday. I flopped this morning, but didn’t sleep. Perhaps that fact that I slept all yesterday eveningContinue reading “Energy-Sapping Humidity”

The Wisdom Of The Owl

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Two days ago views along the kitchen window and bed opposite featured a sawn tree trunk at the far end. Here Aaron is with the last of the stump he further sawed and removed. As usual, I printed him an A4 copy for his collection. This hasContinue reading “The Wisdom Of The Owl”

The Stable Door

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GALLERIES CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. The much needed rain fell overnight and persisted as drizzle this morning. This afternoon we could continue in the garden. My contribution was weeding and making photographs. Jackie did the moreContinue reading “The Stable Door”

A Little Short Of Perfection

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. After three days of cloud and rain, this one was hot and humid. Too much so for making a start on restoring our plants to their best condition. The sun did, however, cast friendly light upon such as these heucheras and leaves of barren crocosmias. Those crocosmiasContinue reading “A Little Short Of Perfection”

A Dust Bath

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This is the second of my 7 day nature series on Facebook. It appeared originally in https://derrickjknight.com/2014/04/29/a-fascinating-collage/ When we paid for Country Girl last week, Jackie also bought one of her favoured wrought iron candle holders for use as a planter. It has a screw fitted to adjust theContinue reading “A Dust Bath”

Around Our Patch

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Yesterday, I took a tour around my  Social Work patch from the 1970s and ’80s. Today I took several around the domestic one I share with The Head Gardener. I began by stepping through the kitchen door into the patio. The large window box filled with mimuluses and pansiesContinue reading “Around Our Patch”

The Tour Continues

This morning we drove to Highcliffe for coffee with Caroline and Keith Martin, with whom Margery had put us in touch. This was a very enjoyable meeting. All thanks to Margery. Meanwhile our garden tour continues. We call this Elizabeth’s red climbing rose, because it is in a bed she cleared last autumn. A beeContinue reading “The Tour Continues”