Bees And Other Insects

On the afternoon of this decidedly sultry summer’s day I cleared up the Head Gardener’s debris from the morning, then followed insects around with my camera. Small White butterflies sought camouflage among Erigeron and rented verbena bonariensis accommodation from bees and flies which tested the strength of the Erigeron. A bluebottle clung to hebe leaves.Continue reading “Bees And Other Insects”

“It Tells So Many Stories”

My early morning walk to open the back gate for Aaron displayed various beds, yucca, evening primroses, Welsh poppies, petunias, hollyhocks, a bee using a bidens as a trapeze, phlox, agapanthus, gaura, a Large White butterfly on a verbena bonariensis, and lilies in the Rose Garden. As usual the individual images are labelled in theContinue reading ““It Tells So Many Stories””

Cleared For Landing

Today the wind had dropped to “a fresh breeze” with sunny spells. We each enjoyed several sessions of gardening. Mine concentrated on dead-heading and clearing to compost. Naturally I carried my camera, photographing the reds and pinks of petunias, pelargoniums, hollyhocks; and roses Compassion, Open Arms, and that we call peach beside the patio. TheContinue reading “Cleared For Landing”

A Fine Set Of Choppers

‘A Short Walk from Harrods’ is the sixth 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”

Variations On A Game

Today winds were fresh; rain was absent; and the temperatures were cool. The verbena bonarensis attracted butterflies like this Comma; and this Small White, examples of which flitted everywhere, seeming to use white blooms as camouflage. Can you spot any one of these which will benefit from enlargement on accessing their gallery with a click?Continue reading “Variations On A Game”

Sunburst

I wandered around the garden late this afternoon, pointing the camera almost at random. Here are the results. Don’t miss a couple of bees. The Puerto Rico dahlia provided a sympathetic sunburst. As usual, galleries will provide titles. This evening we dined at The Wheel Inn at Bowling Green. We both enjoyed tempura prawns andContinue reading “Sunburst”

An Increase In Numbers

For much of the day, apart from when Margery and Paul visited this afternoon, I listened to the men’s Cricket World Cup semi-final between England and Australia. We enjoyed our usual stimulating conversation with this mother and son. Margery’s Bed is named after our friend who, a year or two ago, gave us some redContinue reading “An Increase In Numbers”

Samuel Beckett Defaced

Knowing we were in for heavy rain this afternoon, Jackie ventured out on this drizzly morning to tackle the storm damage. The idea was that she would free what she could from the entanglements of the fallen tree, then call me to lift it. She seemed to be taking quite a long time, so IContinue reading “Samuel Beckett Defaced”

Lurking In The Shade

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today Aaron and Robin levelled out the soil flanking the new fence and cleared away our last items of debris in preparation for building a log store. The rubbish included the buried bath, now in its last resting place on the Back Drive, before removal to the dump.Continue reading “Lurking In The Shade”

The Death Of The Heart

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENHANCE. REPET IF REQUIRED Today, I have been mostly watering plants. Nicotiana now soars aloft. Several of our clematises, such as Diversifolia Hendersonii and Queen Mother in the front garden, and Duchess of Albany on the Rose Garden pergola bear hats of invisible pixies frolicking and turning somersaults in the sunshine. This lily hasContinue reading “The Death Of The Heart”