Those Who Persevered

While I photographed Jackie pruning Wedding Day, which, with her further endeavours elsewhere this morning, provided me with more clippings to chop and bag up this afternoon, I spotted a shield bug riding a nearby hibiscus. Later this afternoon we went in search of the surviving entries of the Hordle Scarecrow Trail. These entries haveContinue reading “Those Who Persevered”

Love Knot

In an earlier post Tangental asked for suggestions for flowers that would be blooming in the last week of August when he hopes to host a family event. Although, he, the Textiliste, and Dog themselves have an enviable garden I promised to let him know what we have currently flowering. Needless to say they willContinue reading “Love Knot”

Damage Report

As I sit drafting this post bright sun shines, speeding clouds scud; wild wind howls along Christchurch Road sweeping through the garden, rustling the kitchen door curtain and setting tinkling charms jingling. We are now into our third consecutive day/night of fierce breezes. Tentatively I ventured out to survey the damage and was able toContinue reading “Damage Report”

More Rain

Today was dank, gloomy, and oppressed by leaden skies so lethargic as to lack energy for anything more than a slow, steady, seeping of limpid liquid. Indeed the drizzle was so thin that it was only by observing the bejewelled plants that, from indoors, at times we could not be sure that it was stillContinue reading “More Rain”

Picnicking

Even at 8.30 this morning garden watering was shirt-soaking weather without having gone anywhere near the sprinkler. I also produced a few photographs. Jackie said I made life difficult for myself with the camera slung round my neck. As usual, the gallery can be accessed by clicking on any image, each of which may beContinue reading “Picnicking”

Like Joyce’s Wet Bed

Early this sultry morning, before setting off to meet her sisters for lunch, Jackie carried out necessary garden irrigation which I continued after enjoying the lunch she had left prepared for me. After giving pots a fresh-water- and myself a sudorific-drenching I proceeded to a little dead heading that I had failed to ignore. Aaron,Continue reading “Like Joyce’s Wet Bed”

Making Do

On another hot summer’s day visiting traffic continued to pour into our area, so we stayed at home and I made do with garden flower photography. During the morning and later in the afternoon Jackie concentrated hard on irrigation, including filling the Waterboy’s shell, the level of which suffers from dehydration and thirsty birds. ButterfliesContinue reading “Making Do”

Decidedly Not Smart

A number of terra cotta and yellow kniphofias have self-seeded at various places in the garden and have recently chosen to bloom rather late. These are in the Kitchen Bed, accompanied by hibiscus, petunias, Japanese anemones and fennel. This begonia and the pelargonium are recovering from near death with the benefit of Jackie’s tender care.Continue reading “Decidedly Not Smart”

Ice Cream Delivery

Jackie swept liberally scattered beech nuts from the Rose Garden this morning. Scoobie kept her company. On the Back Drive he found a fossilised rat which I opted not to photograph. We have a liberal supply of petunias, begonias, and Japanese anemones. Bees busied themselves gathering pollen, ignoring the fact that some plants remained dog-eared;Continue reading “Ice Cream Delivery”

Not For The Birds

This was a day of wind, rain, colder temperatures, coats, and central heating. A bit like Dunedin’s winter. During a brief period of lessening rain Jackie continued her work on securing sweet peas and other climbing plants; rehanging baskets; and setting other planters back on their perches. Here are some of the finished projects. TheContinue reading “Not For The Birds”