Raindrops And Humidity

This drizzle-wet morning gave way to the hot, humid-wet afternoon on which I carried out a dead-heading exercise. For those worried about our robin family, Jackie’s internet research has revealed that in summer the missing small birds abandon gardens for woods where a plethora of readily attainable food abounds. They can be expected to returnContinue reading “Raindrops And Humidity”

Raindrops On Everything

The wind and rain returned with a vengeance today and beset us until late afternoon. Knowing what we were in for last night we lay down the patio chairs and furled the three garden parasols. During a slight lull in the deluge I photographed raindrops on agapanthus, sweet peas, gladiolus, pelargoniums, fuchsia Garden News, dahlias,Continue reading “Raindrops On Everything”

Good Gardening Weather

Today, still cool, featured intermittent sunshine while cotton clouds pierced by cerulean patches sailed sedately overhead. We carried out the usual garden maintenance including watering, planting, pruning, and dead-heading. Jackie smiled when she first spied that I had come out to join her, but she didn’t see the camera hanging round my neck. I haveContinue reading “Good Gardening Weather”

Tattered Beyond Recognition

We enjoyed another day of pleasantly temperate weather. Antirrhinums are blooming throughout the garden. Clematis Marie Boisselot, now entering the third age has applied a blue rinse to her naturally white locks; the stalwart Star of India shines less bright, yet it still graces the Gothic Arch opposite the red and white of Super ElfinContinue reading “Tattered Beyond Recognition”

The Stumpery

Jill Weatherholt, in her comment on “The Path To Deadman Hill”, described Jackie’s young robin as a little nugget. His name is now Nugget. She spent the morning conversing with him whilst tidying the Oval Bed. After taking the above photographs I wandered round the garden. Hydrangeas need a lot of water, but the HeadContinue reading “The Stumpery”

Nearly November? Never!

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT MAY BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO After early morning rain we enjoyed intermittent sunshine. A wander around the garden produced much evidenceContinue reading “Nearly November? Never!”

One That Didn’t Get Away

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED In anticipation of the expected 45 m.p.h. winds we were out early this morning battening down the hatches. Chairs and hanging baskets were grounded; trugs, like this blue one on the chair at the west end of the Phantom Path were upended; I lifted this flowering gladiolus’sContinue reading “One That Didn’t Get Away”

“Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Leaving their van in our front drive and their slip-on shoes outside the door, Barry and Owen, who are New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, having first serviced Mistletoe Cottage next door, provided us with their trademark clean and efficient job. A dust sheet is laid down;Continue reading ““Look. That Man’s Taking Photographs””

Ladybird, ladybird…….

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. As shown from the solanum and honeysuckle on the trellis, our front garden remained free of ash from next door’s bonfire, and, although some the precipitation, such as this on the pulmonaria and Japanese anemones, remains, the fire has died down and we are able to seeContinue reading “Ladybird, ladybird…….”

He Was Not Alone

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Here is my┬áthird photograph in the seven day Filling Facebook with Nature project. I posted it after lunch. It first appeared in Walls, my post of 21st September 2014. On another wet day, I scanned some more black and white negatives from October 1983. These covered aContinue reading “He Was Not Alone”