Garden News

Although the sun shone most of this dry day, the overnight winds remained decidedly brisk. This afternoon I was swept round the garden in search of plants still enough for me to photograph them without panning. These cosmoses now greet us across the kitchen door. The patio planters and pots, as usual have caught theContinue reading “Garden News”

Presents From A Lifetime

For lunch, we visited Elizabeth, Jacqueline. and Frances, at our younger sister’s home in Pilley and naturally continued reminiscing for most of the afternoon. Later, I scanned or photographed the last of the presents that Mum had labelled for us. Jackie photographed this Heal’s battery operated carriage clock which I must have bought for ourContinue reading “Presents From A Lifetime”

The Same Sun

Early this morning Jackie found a robin flapping about in the utility room. She opened the window for him. Was it Nugget? Later she conversed in the garden with a juvenile. While the Head Gardener completed the strengthening the compost bin that I had begun a few days ago, I carried out some dead headingContinue reading “The Same Sun”

Behind Every Great Man…..

This morning I e-mailed a drawing to a fellow blogger as an offering to illustrate one of his posts. While I sat in the car waiting for Jackie to emerge from Tesco with a fortnight’s shopping that I would load into our vehicle and into the kitchen at home I finished reading Lent to usContinue reading “Behind Every Great Man…..”

Current Condition

Between further bouts of dis-tressing Félicité Perpétue I checked on the current condition of the rest of the garden. In the meantime Jackie continued her weeding and clearing, leaving offerings for me to transport to the compost bin. This climbing Cobaea Scandens, or Cup and Saucer plant is now blooming on the kitchen wall nearContinue reading “Current Condition”

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”

Have I Found A Redshank?

We enjoyed another very hot temperature with clear, pale blue, skies today. In the garden bees laboured on rudbeckia; Small White butterflies were ubiquitous; sun produced X-ray images of such as hollyhocks and pelargoniums; and cart wheels spoke to the low bark of the eucalyptus. I wandered around for a while. As usual, titles mayContinue reading “Have I Found A Redshank?”

The Garden Wept

Hanging its head, the garden wept early this morning; to brighten later; albeit with less than entirely dry cheeks. Bees basked on sunlit blooms; as did butterflies like this Red Admiral on the lobelia. Jackie’s planting of phlox in the West Bed brought her little robin, Nugget, out in search of goodies. “Where’s Nugget?” (6)Continue reading “The Garden Wept”

Our Industrial Past

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. I forgot to mention yesterday that when I returned home I found that my cheque from Laithwaite’s had been delivered. The Félicité Perpétue rose in the front garden has been sending thorny tentacles across the drive. This morning I restrained them with green wire. Alongside the marguerites that accompanyContinue reading “Our Industrial Past”

Hammock And Hollyhock

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning we shopped at Lidl, mainly to load up the car with more of their large bags of compost. Quite a number of the on the heap outside the store were damaged and leaking. Some fell on stony ground. So popular was the photograph of SamContinue reading “Hammock And Hollyhock”