No Longer In The Shade

Once again we struggled in unaccustomed heat to thin out the rampant wisteria, and compost and bag up the clippings. Jackie did most of the pruning and photographed the process before and after her efforts. As she said, she was no longer working in the shade. Although the bulk of the composting and bagging fellContinue reading “No Longer In The Shade”

A Sensitive Repair

Jackie and her sisters enjoyed a coven meeting at The Bat & Ball on Salisbury Road, Braemore. As an unfortunate update to this history that still adorns the pub wall Jackie tells me that new owners have replaced the historic sign mentioned in this text with simply the title in a fairly plain font. IContinue reading “A Sensitive Repair”

More Rain

Today was dank, gloomy, and oppressed by leaden skies so lethargic as to lack energy for anything more than a slow, steady, seeping of limpid liquid. Indeed the drizzle was so thin that it was only by observing the bejewelled plants that, from indoors, at times we could not be sure that it was stillContinue reading “More Rain”

Love In The Time Of Cholera

During a heavily overcast yet warm morning I took a walk around the garden with my camera. At the front of the house I photographed just one example of our fuchsia Delta’s Sarah and pink pelargoniums; a severally-hued hydrangea alongside white marguerites with yellow buttery centres; and the first of three rich red lily plantsContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Cholera”

Emerging From The Gloom

This morning the temperature plummeted, as did rain until after lunch, when the overcast skies brightened and the wind speed escalated, for the rest of the day, to 40+ m.p.h. We drove early to Ferndene Farm Shop to buy three bags of compost, a splendid, tall, lingularia; lettuce and other salad ingredients, before a shortContinue reading “Emerging From The Gloom”

Wedding Day Bouquet

The wind picked up speed today; the rain kept away; sometimes the clouds allowed the sun to put in an appearance. While Jackie continued planting I carried out a token tidy and dead-heading diurnal poppies. Here the Head Gardener carries her camera because Nugget had dived into the hole she was digging so she leftContinue reading “Wedding Day Bouquet”

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”

Lathyrus Latifolius Jewels

Such minimal bright light as we enjoyed today graced us early this morning. Thereafter our vision became more and more dingy. In order to provide me with as clear a view of the bird feeders as possible our friend from AP Maintenance cleaned our sand blasted windows. This is not the usual use of theContinue reading “Lathyrus Latifolius Jewels”

Grrrrr

A recent post from Sandra had me reaching for my copy of I will simply refer you to Sandra’s review and say that I enjoyed this short book in my 1977 paperback edition. Taking regular rests, today I was mostly occupied with irrigation and decapitation of garden plants, More lilies are blooming on the patio;Continue reading “Grrrrr”

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”