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”

Before And After

This morning I e-mailed Ray Salinger a set of the photographs taken at the ‘Seventy Years On’ party. After this I joined Jackie in the garden, where we continued yesterday’s tasks. I edged the front garden gravel path with rocks dug out over the last couple of days, then spread the transported earth around theContinue reading “Before And After”

A Time Check

We all like a camomile lawn. In the right place. What is not so attractive is an onion lawn in the wrong place. Jackie has been working her way along our paths eradicating smelly alliums self-seeded and creating such a carpet. With their heady aroma permeating my nostrils, I took a hoe to a sectionContinue reading “A Time Check”

A Living Palisade

One of the gardening tasks I am most ambivalent about is the removal of trees, especially specimen ones like that I tackled today, or heavy pruning of shrubs that have been allowed to grow into them. Those who followed last summer’s posts detailing the adventure of discovering our garden will know that such removal andContinue reading “A Living Palisade”

High Maintenance

In a recent exchange with my Facebook friend Kanan Buta, who had, from afar, been admiring the garden in pictures, I commented that because this was our first year it was full of surprises. ‘Pleasant ones, I hope?’, she replied. ‘Not always’, was my answer. One of the less pleasant ones, as my readers may know, is theContinue reading “High Maintenance”