Definitely Spring

On this warm and sunny day Jackie unwrapped the wooden patio chairs and we set them in place; Flo continued her work in the garden, clearing twigs and leaves of cordyline Australis and setting about burning them; I wandered around with a camera. Jackie and I took a forest drive after lunch while the othersContinue reading “Definitely Spring”

The Head Gardener Was On Hand

Apparently yesterday’s weather was simply a precursor of Storm Dudley, due today. As the wind began to pick up this morning, we took a walk round the garden. I had begun with four views from overhead, the last two of which featured camellias, now quite abundant, and beginning to drop blooms to soften the gravelContinue reading “The Head Gardener Was On Hand”

The Garden As April Begins

On a warm day with sunny intervals it was time to record the garden as it comes alive. The Brick Path and the Back Drive borders each hold some of the plants I am about to show, like the euphorbia fronting one of the dead stumps on the Back Drive. We have many tulips inContinue reading “The Garden As April Begins”

4 P. M. Watershed

On a very dull and wet morning we visited Mum at Woodpeckers. As usual, we had to be separated by a screen in which Jackie is reflected. In the second picture here my mother indicates where she recently had her second, painless, Covid vaccination. It was not until 4 p.m. that the rain desisted andContinue reading “4 P. M. Watershed”

Two Dawns

In the early morning chill I girded my loins with a thick cotton dressing gown and stepped into the garden to photograph the pink-streaked dawn. Keen arboriculturists may be interested in the sylvan skeletons of copper beech, larch, weeping birch, and lopped bay tree. Our great-niece, Ella, was two years old in January. She andContinue reading “Two Dawns”

Habitual Head Hangers

Blues skies returned today for our first visit to Mum in Woodpeckers since before the Christmas lockdown, which has been somewhat relaxed. We were able to use the screen room. Jackie photographed Mum behind the screen in which I am reflected. My mother was in good spirits, but not hearing too well, especially at theContinue reading “Habitual Head Hangers”

Today The Sun Came Out To Play

Individual picture titles will be found on the gallery, otherwise I will leave the title and the sun in charge. This evening we dined on roast chicken thighs; chipolata sausages; crisp roast potatoes, parsnips and Yorkshire pudding; sage and onion stuffing; flavoursome Brussels sprouts and carrots, with tasty gravy. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drankContinue reading “Today The Sun Came Out To Play”

Cutting Out The Middle Man?

Early this morning, Jackie photographed the first welcoming dawn we have experienced for a while. The sunshine lived up to its promise as I wandered around photographing clumps of cheerful snowdrops; bunches of daffodils including tete-a-tetes; bright cyclamen; a variety of abundant hellebores which retained raindrops; and prolific shrubs such as camellias and viburnum. ToContinue reading “Cutting Out The Middle Man?”

A Plethora Of Snowdrops

Before Jackie discovered that, for the first time in 15 years, we can now view Test Matches live on free to air terrestrial television I listened to the first day of the England v India match on BBC sport. I watched the last couple of overs on Channel 4. This morning I took advantage ofContinue reading “A Plethora Of Snowdrops”

Precipitation

Yesterday Jackie tidied up the area fronting the garage door trellis. This involved clearing away last year’s plants that were beyond their best-before date, especially the still blooming nasturtiums that should have shrivelled and died months ago. She then added new life to the pots. Today was one of steady, light, rain. Starting with theContinue reading “Precipitation”