Survivors December 2019

Today was the third bright, sunny, and cold one in a row. Given that overnight temperatures are in the low minuses, I wandered around the garden to photograph some of the albeit somewhat poorly looking surviving flora. Two that seem to bloom continuously are the yellow bidens and the white solanums from last year. AContinue reading “Survivors December 2019”

Light-headed

I was wondering round the garden with a camera when Shelly arrived for a morning coffee visit with congenial conversation. Raindrops bejewelled various pelargoniums, keeping fuchsias like Mrs Popple, and   salvias Amistad and Hot Lips glistening. Honesty seed pods sparkled,   Penstemons and marigolds are either early or late,   while the viburnums BodnantenseContinue reading “Light-headed”

Sparkling Jewels

Today dawned bright and sunny. Taking her camera with her, Jackie photographed the garden, glistening after yesterday’s rain. I joined her after a while, adding a few images of my own. We have merged our results. Raindrops bejewelled individual blooms, and sunshine brightened every view. While Jackie was working on the lawn, Nugget did, ofContinue reading “Sparkling Jewels”

Can It Really Be October?

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. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT CAN BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO Today I took several strolls around the garden, marvelling at what we still have in bloom.Continue reading “Can It Really Be October?”

Life And Death

IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK WHICH MAY BE REPEATED This morning I employed several efforts at procrastination to defer my tackling the installation of the new Epson Perfection V850 Pro scanner. Included were reading a book, dead-heading roses, and a bit of clearing in the garden. Eventually, I got down to it, andContinue reading “Life And Death”

We Ate Their Cake

SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK, TO BE REPEATED IF REQUIRED. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN, CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT AND FURTHER CLICKING FOR ENLARGEMENT Late yesterday afternoon, Jackie created a new bed alongsideContinue reading “We Ate Their Cake”

Sparrows To The Right Of Us, Sparrows To The Left Of Us

IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK THAT CAN BE REPEATED This afternoon I wandered around the garden seeking flowers I may not yet have featured this year. These lilies have just popped in a patio planter. The agapanthuses in the Palm Bed again stretch across the Gazebo Path. They stand alongside these Rudbeckia andContinue reading “Sparrows To The Right Of Us, Sparrows To The Left Of Us”

Compassion Recovered

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Apart from the collapse of the Compassion rose arch, the recent storms have treated us with respect. The clematis and solanum have remained attached to the dead tree. Orange crocosmia still stands at the potting shed entrance to the Rose Garden, while yellow and orange thrive harmoniouslyContinue reading “Compassion Recovered”

A Splendid Morning

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The weather this morning was splendid. The morning was to become more so, with a visit from good friends. In eager anticipation of the arrival Jackie was out early sweeping the corridors, manicuring the green carpet, refreshing the flowers, and generally tidying up the reception room thatContinue reading “A Splendid Morning”