It Has To Go

As she toured the garden this morning Jackie was struck by the contrast between the number of survivors from spring and summer still blooming – including clematis Niobe; fuchsias Delta’s Sarah and Mrs. Popple; hebes; hot lips; bidens; pelargoniums; pansies; campanulas; and roses in the Rose Garden – and the harbingers of spring to come,Continue reading “It Has To Go”

Happier Behind The Camera

I was grateful today for the overnight thunderstorm and for Jackie’s watering the parts it couldn’t reach early this morning before she and Shelly drove to Helen’s to offer sisterly assistance. This meant I could concentrate on the dead-heading necessitated by the storm’s stripping of many petals. After more than an hour I retreated indoorsContinue reading “Happier Behind The Camera”

Garden Housework

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Throughout the garden we have prolific clusters of small orange and yellow poppies that shed their petals each day. Regular dead-heading encourages further growth. It has beenContinue reading “Garden Housework”

Russell Is Definitely Imprinted On Jackie

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT I was first in the garden this morning. I wanted to check on our crow. This is aContinue reading “Russell Is Definitely Imprinted On Jackie”

The End Of British Summer Time

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Aaron was so pleased with our John Cook sculpture of him that he asked for a photograph. Naturally I printed him a copy of each of those that appeared in ‘A Particularly Strong Clue’. Among other tasks today, he strengthened the new recycled gates arbour, under whichContinue reading “The End Of British Summer Time”

What’s This Beetle?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Supplementing this morning’s work on ‘A Knight’s Tale’ were my posts ‘Auntie Gwen’ and ‘One For Rebeckah’, from which this photograph was included. This afternoon the weather was dry, overcast, and humid, with the sun sometimes sneaking a peek at what I was up to. This wasContinue reading “What’s This Beetle?”

Spoiler Alert

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We were both reprieved from gardening duties this morning by the rain. I scanned a few more colour slides from 1981/2. Here Sam enjoys swinging in a hammock at the Drapers’ home in Meldreth near Royston in Cambridgeshire. This was August 1981. In December that year weContinue reading “Spoiler Alert”

One For Mary Tang

AS ALWAYS, CLICKING ON AN IMAGE, REPEATED IF NECESSARY, WILL ENLARGE IT The kitchen door was open this morning as I wandered into it. Such was the heady blend of sweet scents that pervaded the room, that I looked around for the bouquets of blooms I felt sure The Head Gardener must have gathered. ThereContinue reading “One For Mary Tang”

The Wedding Factory

Although the temperature has, consequently, dropped a few degrees we are in the midst of a few days of cloudless blue skies, even at midday sending long shadows across the garden, for example the brick path, sporting a fresh set of weeds. Camellias, hebes. and pansies do not flinch at the lower temperature. This afternoonContinue reading “The Wedding Factory”

April Showers

April showers in December? Someone’s having a laugh. Perhaps it’s this hebe; the viburnum bodnantense Dawn; roses like Crown Princess Margarete, bowing her head to keep her face dry, or this Pink carpet rose ripe for dead-heading; violas, primulas, or geraniums. I obliged with dead-heading many of the roses. This evening we dined on Jackie’s deliciousContinue reading “April Showers”