On The Brink Of December

On a bright and sunny morning I wandered round the garden in my shirtsleeves. Individual titles of these views can be found when accessing the gallery with a click on any image. The last two pictures show a Japanese maple before and after it had been pruned by Aaron and his A.P. Maintenance team whoContinue reading “On The Brink Of December”

No More Dado Rails

Although the fierce winds that we have experienced for the last few days continued to pound us for much of the day, it was warm, sunny, and bright, encouraging me to wander round the garden with my camera. A few trugs were transported, and a few pots blown down; some trees were being stripped ofContinue reading “No More Dado Rails”

Raindrops Inside And Out

Recent heavy rains have opened another leak in the roof of our kitchen extension. Jackie made these photographs of the kitchen floor, then of what we think is the faulty lead flashing. While she was at the upstairs windows she then produced aerial shots of the soggy garden, after which during a lull in theContinue reading “Raindrops Inside And Out”

From Garden To Woodland

Jackie spent much of the morning working in the greenhouse, alongside which this is the view to the yellowing weeping birch. Pansies are blooming in the iron urn and in hanging baskets; others of which contain such as petunias and calendulas. It is still the season for dahlias of varying hues. A variety of fuchsiasContinue reading “From Garden To Woodland”

In The Rain

Heavy, steady, rain fell throughout most of the day. I photographed the scenes from indoors. The pendant in the rain spattered window was made for me by the daughter of a client some thirty years ago. The fallen pot was blown down. If there are any more we don’t want to know about it. IContinue reading “In The Rain”

Starring Seed Pods

Today, by our standards, unseasonably hot for September, was definitely one for sprinkling the garden. Even the wicker owl appreciated its shower. By late morning we had become too heated to complete our work on pruning, cutting up, and composting the wisteria, seen here from above and below. While taking the overhead wisteria pictures IContinue reading “Starring Seed Pods”

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”

The Race Was On

On this further dully overcast and windy morning we virtually finished the front garden pruning. I photographed a few hanging baskets in the rest of this area, involving bacopas, lobelias, diascia, begonias, petunias, pelargoniums, and gladiolus. These have all regenerated well after the recent heavy winds. Here are the bags of woody clippings which weContinue reading “The Race Was On”

Like Joyce’s Wet Bed

Early this sultry morning, before setting off to meet her sisters for lunch, Jackie carried out necessary garden irrigation which I continued after enjoying the lunch she had left prepared for me. After giving pots a fresh-water- and myself a sudorific-drenching I proceeded to a little dead heading that I had failed to ignore. Aaron,Continue reading “Like Joyce’s Wet Bed”

A Splendid Oak

On this hot, humid, and overcast morning our friend Giles visited for a tour of the garden he had not been able to enter since before the lockdown. We enjoyed a pleasant catching up, continued over coffee inside. This afternoon, after filling up with petrol, Jackie drove me to the north of the forest. TheContinue reading “A Splendid Oak”