Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric

Jackie continued refurbishing hanging baskets and containers such as those she is watering here. At the moment most of these involve cuttings she has preserved over the winter. We have heard today that garden centres are likely to open again next week, thus offering the opportunity for more variety – not that the Head GardenerContinue reading “Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric”

The Moscow Show Trials

There was not much sun breaking through the clouds today. This is quite useful when photographing white flowers like clematis Marie Boisselot as I did on my way to open the back gate for Aaron. Geranium Palmatums and their attendant red fuchsias caught a touch of it as I walked along the Shady Path. BeesContinue reading “The Moscow Show Trials”

Nothing For It

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN ONE OF THE PAIRINGS TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, EACH MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. PHOTOGRAPHS LACKING A PARTNER CAN BE VIEWED WITH A CLICK THAT MAY BE REPEATED I spent a considerable number of frustrating hours attempting toContinue reading “Nothing For It”

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”

Defying Gravity

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today I divided my time between wandering idly around the garden hunting down piles of weeds and clippings deposited by the Head Gardener; transferring four barrowloads of compost from the south end of the garden to the ficus hole in the Dragon Bed; and, of course, makingContinue reading “Defying Gravity”

She Powdered Her Face

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today’s weather would have blessed any Summer’s day. It was warm and sunny, and Jackie and I raised a sweat as we continued weeding, planting, and lopping. I use ‘we’ loosely. I mainly tidied up after the real work. We transported the two full orange bags of cuttings toContinue reading “She Powdered Her Face”

Sleeping Beauty

TO ENLARGE IMAGES CLICK ON THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Today, I continued redistributing the gravel on the back drive. This involved shifting barrow loads of the material from one end to another, and raking them smooth. There is more to be done. Whilst I was there, I noticed, swaying in the breeze, the one FélicitéContinue reading “Sleeping Beauty”

Rewards

Snatching half an hour of occasional sunshine before the expected gloom set in for the day, I wandered around the garden with my camera. Two retrained pink climbing roses are in bloom along the front garden trellis. We have masses of geraniums palmatum. Jackie took cuttings last year, and distributed some in the front, whereContinue reading “Rewards”

On The Road To Bridgetown

I very rarely stage a photograph, so I probably wouldn’t have thought of Jackie’s ladybird shots this morning. She spotted a somewhat sleepy ladybird – not literally of course, because this one already wore its spots – on a rounded pebble in a colourless corner. Thinking it needed something red to set it off, sheContinue reading “On The Road To Bridgetown”

The Independent

On a bright and sunny morning Jackie drove me to Giles’s Fox Hat home, where I delivered the Chesterton material he had lent me. She returned home and came back later to pick me up from the village of Milford on Sea. I had reached there by walking down Sharvills Road, up New Valley Drive andContinue reading “The Independent”