Hunting In Pairs

“The Bishop” was the penultimate story that Anton Chekhov wrote while seriously ill with tuberculosis from which he died at the age of 44. This is a deeply emotional tale of the main character’s life and death, and his effect on family, prelates, and congregations alike. I finished reading it last night, and with itContinue reading “Hunting In Pairs”

A Negative Tattoo

The day dawned dull yet dry; the air cool and cheerless. Nevertheless Compassion rose, its neighbouring geranium palmatum; rose Penny Lane and her accompanying clematis Dr Ruppel flourished well enough as I made my way into the garden to gather up clippings from the Head Gardener’s morning graft. After lunch I carried out an extensiveContinue reading “A Negative Tattoo”

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”