The Ubiquitous Red Jacket

Jackie spent all this day of intermittent sunshine and clouds continuing her weeding and watering, mostly in the Rose Garden. I rendered minimal assistance while wandering round with a camera listening to the avian orchestral matins. More clematises are now blooming; Marie Boisselot blends with Erigeron cascading at her feet; one we cannot name hasContinue reading “The Ubiquitous Red Jacket”

Versatility

During the power cut yesterday evening I finished reading being the fourth of Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire novels. I have to say I found this one rather ponderous in its political and philosophical passages, giving the impression that the periodical pattern of its publication promoted such prolixity. Trollope’s familiar themes of love, marriage, and matriarchal machinations;Continue reading “Versatility”

Cawing For His Mum

I delayed my walk around the garden until later this afternoon, hoping to take advantage of the light. Almost as soon as I had photographed this budding heuchera and this camellia bloom toning into graceful age, the skies closed the curtains, silhouetting the Weeping birch branches. I continued photographing a range of daffodils; another somewhatContinue reading “Cawing For His Mum”

In A Flap

As I walked down to the Back gate to open it for Aaron early this morning I passed the delicate pastel shades of Penny Lane which will have a powerful fragrance later in the day; oriental poppies which have stubbornly clung to some petals despite the recent gales; abundant Félicité Perpétue draped over a deadContinue reading “In A Flap”

It Couldn’t Wait For My Return

On this bright and sunny afternoon, Jackie leapfrogged Mum’s perching stool down the garden, giving me three observation posts for a brief sojourn listening to the birds and pointing my lens. I was able to look along the Brick Path past the prolific clematis Doctor Ruppel and the slightly scented rose Penny Lane, both intendedContinue reading “It Couldn’t Wait For My Return”

A Splendid Morning

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The weather this morning was splendid. The morning was to become more so, with a visit from good friends. In eager anticipation of the arrival Jackie was out early sweeping the corridors, manicuring the green carpet, refreshing the flowers, and generally tidying up the reception room thatContinue reading “A Splendid Morning”

Defying Gravity

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today I divided my time between wandering idly around the garden hunting down piles of weeds and clippings deposited by the Head Gardener; transferring four barrowloads of compost from the south end of the garden to the ficus hole in the Dragon Bed; and, of course, makingContinue reading “Defying Gravity”

The Stable Door

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GALLERIES CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. The much needed rain fell overnight and persisted as drizzle this morning. This afternoon we could continue in the garden. My contribution was weeding and making photographs. Jackie did the moreContinue reading “The Stable Door”

A New Brother

IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING ON THEM. REPEAT IF NECESSARY Jackie, on an even duller day, continued her creative cultivation.  My contribution this morning was a raked redistribution of the now rather rutted gravel on the back drive. In doing so I gained even more appreciation of the efforts of Richard in shifting shingle from hisContinue reading “A New Brother”

Early Morning Lovemaking

CLICK ON IMAGES YOU WISH TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Now, please don’t get too excited. It’s birds I’m referring to. Pigeons, to be precise. I am no good at sexing birds, so I’m not sure which was which in this couple, although I suspect that it was the female who remained aloof whilst herContinue reading “Early Morning Lovemaking”