We All Feel The Heat

We spent much of this hot summer’s day in the garden. Jackie found a shady spot to continue her work on the heucheras. Each plant was stripped of any sign of fungus on the leaves; samples for cuttings were taken from the stems and the roots were replanted in their place in the Rose Garden.Continue reading “We All Feel The Heat”

Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe

I spent the whole morning foiling a suspected banking scam. This involved several phone calls, listening to long stretches of Muzak, and struggling with a Scots accent on a bad line. Don’t ask. I couldn’t bear to go through it again. This afternoon I reeled up the Gazebo Path to join Jackie who had spentContinue reading “Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe”

“Some Wet Things”

Throughout the day the promised rain fell steadily. Early this evening we experienced a power cut for a couple of hours. The meat was in the oven; nothing worked; because of lockdown no alternative eating establishments were open; I had not prepared a post. Fortunately the Culinary Queen had stocked up yesterday on salads andContinue reading ““Some Wet Things””

Special Anniversary

It was not until 26th June 2014 that we decided to make a before and after record of the work done on the garden begun on 1st April. We regret not having thought of this from the  very beginning. This was when we decided to turn the remnants of a kitchen garden into a RoseContinue reading “Special Anniversary”

Hide And Seek

Nugget was singing outside the stable door this morning at 6 a.m. I stepped out early to take advantage of the bright morning light. Jackie tells me that our little robin was perched on top of this kniphofia yesterday evening for quite some time, chirping away. Other images are entitled in the gallery. Here areContinue reading “Hide And Seek”

Before The Storm

Threatened with a thunderstorm, after two lengthy dead-heading sessions, I wandered around the garden while Jackie continued with her general tidying and maintenance work. The blooms in these images of the Rose Garden and the bed at its entrance are identified in the titles of the galleries, each of which can be accessed by aContinue reading “Before The Storm”

Multiple Occupation

Although a little drier than expected, today remained largely overcast. Just before lunch Jackie took me on a tour of what she has achieved during the last few days in the garden. It struck me that I have never really shown the packed multiple occupation of our beds. While listening to the men’s Cricket WorldContinue reading “Multiple Occupation”

One Day In The Garden

Today the sun rose before 8 a.m., took an early lunch, and re-emerged in the evening. The brighter light picked out the scenes and the plants before my dead-heading of the roses which occupied most of the morning. Clicking on any image to access its gallery will reveal titles and locations. These post prandial photographsContinue reading “One Day In The Garden”

Please Don’t Mention It

This picture was one of Jackie’s favourites for the competition which didn’t make the final cut. I therefore used it in a card for her birthday tomorrow. Don’t worry, she won’t have an advance viewing because she reads the blog posts first thing in the morning. After lunch, while Jackie continued planting up her myriadContinue reading “Please Don’t Mention It”

Pruning

Aaron’s main task this morning was taking shrubs in hand. He began with the camellia beside the Dead End Path. He pruned lower branches to lift the plant which has continued to bloom for at least two months. The prolific Compassion rose has persistently refused to drape the arch spanning this path. Our friend fromContinue reading “Pruning”