Garden And Album Arrangements

While Jackie continued working in the Rose Garden, I trimmed half of Karen and Barry’s wedding photographs and laid them loosely in the first of the albums. I keep imagining that the Head Gardener will have completed the clearing and tidying of the Rose Garden, but there is always something more to admire. Today sheContinue reading “Garden And Album Arrangements”

Shifting Light

This morning my gardening occupations combined dead heading and making photographs. These roses Summer Wine and Altissimo, both coming again, were too high for me to reach with hand secateurs, and I couldn’t be bothered to fetch the steps. Bigifying will probably be necessary to appreciate these bees on bidens, on Japanese anemones, and comingContinue reading “Shifting Light”

Our First Meal Out Post Lockdown

This morning’s early light presented us with glorious garden views from our upstairs windows. At midday I accompanied Jackie on the big Tesco fortnightly shop; sat reading in the car while she did the business; unloaded the trolley into the car; emptied the purchases into the kitchen, then washed my hands. This afternoon Jackie tookContinue reading “Our First Meal Out Post Lockdown”

Moulting

We spent the hot summer’s cloudless day gardening; well, Jackie spent the day at it while I chipped in intermittently. Jackie took advantage of what shade she could. In addition to dead bloom decapitation and carting clippings to compost bins I produced some photographs. The blooms and garden views in this gallery can be identifiedContinue reading “Moulting”

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”

Ella And The Ladybirds

Strong winds howled throughout the night, and did not abate until midday – then only temporarily. A warm sun put in intermittent appearances. Among Aaron’s tasks was weeding the Back Drive. “Where’s Aaron?” (10). Bigification might help with this one. Here are the results of my garden photoshoot. “Where’s Jackie?” (4) is the picture containingContinue reading “Ella And The Ladybirds”

Windburn

Today dawned dull and drizzle-wet. We ventured into the garden early – Jackie to inspect and, where possible, nullify the storm damage and I to empty refuse trugs then carry out some dead heading. Jackie had a chat with Nugget when he came to sample what she had dug up for him. He is ableContinue reading “Windburn”

A Fine Set Of Choppers

‘A Short Walk from Harrods’ is the fifth volume of Dirk Bogarde’s autobiography, and, to my mind, the best. I finished reading it last night, and would have been saddened had I not had one more to come. This work deals in more depth and detail with material that has been featured in earlier books,Continue reading “A Fine Set Of Choppers”

Emerging From The Gloom

This morning the temperature plummeted, as did rain until after lunch, when the overcast skies brightened and the wind speed escalated, for the rest of the day, to 40+ m.p.h. We drove early to Ferndene Farm Shop to buy three bags of compost, a splendid, tall, lingularia; lettuce and other salad ingredients, before a shortContinue reading “Emerging From The Gloom”

Working From Home

On an even hotter day we began gardening very early, partly because our septic tank was emptied soon after 7.00 a.m. Our shared task was dead-heading. I carried a camera with me. I have noticed that butterflies like to bask on paving or gravel. Can you spot this Red Admiral? We now have quite aContinue reading “Working From Home”