A Tall Lean Boy

Today the air was cold and the light dull. This morning Jackie and I each reached a corner of the bench while weeding the Shady Path. There is just the middle stretch to be completed. A yellow tree peony and a plethora of Welsh poppies can be seen in the surrounding beds. The clematis MontanaContinue reading “A Tall Lean Boy”

First Out Of The Traps

A heavy slate canopy kept the light dull and the rain away today. Jackie continued her clearance work in the Pond Bed (so named because it has been laid out by our predecessors on the shallow base of a pond). She has cleared most of the invasive alliums and even enjoyed the pleasure of plantingContinue reading “First Out Of The Traps”

Weeding Continues

Today’s air was cool, dry, and largely dull. Much of the time was spent weeding. Jackie’s distaste for our invasive alliums is patent as she drops one into her bucket. The red railing behind her has been removed from the edge of the Pond Bed in the foreground in order to gain greater access. MyContinue reading “Weeding Continues”

Even The Dog Knows……

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES WHERE INDIVIDUAL IMAGES CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. Helen and Shelly visited this morning for coffee, scones, and a trip round the garden. Unfortunately the sun disappeared during their visit. My later photographs saw betterContinue reading “Even The Dog Knows……”

Back Drive Progress

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. We spent the morning of another dull, overcast, day continuing the general tidying of the garden. Many new aquilegias are fully or partially blooming. Over the last few days JackieContinue reading “Back Drive Progress”

The Beast Is Back

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. An early morning inspection revealed that The Beast is back. It has burrowed under the log and presumably wormed its way through the gap between metal stakes, having also chewed more of the fencing. I filled the gap with a spare stake. During this process I spotted another burrow atContinue reading “The Beast Is Back”

An Owl Hunt

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. This morning I made a little more progress on weeding the back drive. The new lilies have begun to flower. Matthew arrived with Poppy just before lunch. Our granddaughterContinue reading “An Owl Hunt”

The Pool

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Following on from my post of two days ago I scanned a few more slides from The Dumb Flea holiday. Here Becky sits in the garden with her two regular charges, David and Samuel. Yes, that is a pet rabbit hopping about. Another great attraction was the pool.Continue reading “The Pool”

Sisyphus Reincarnate

Today dawned with fog, and remained overcast. Yesterday was apparently the warmest November day here since records began, and it wasn’t much cooler today. Work continued in the front garden. We gravelled the widened side path with the last of the shingle left over from the back drive. My contribution was to transport barrow loadsContinue reading “Sisyphus Reincarnate”