Grrrrr

A recent post from Sandra had me reaching for my copy of I will simply refer you to Sandra’s review and say that I enjoyed this short book in my 1977 paperback edition. Taking regular rests, today I was mostly occupied with irrigation and decapitation of garden plants, More lilies are blooming on the patio;Continue reading “Grrrrr”

First Donkey Foals

Jackie has not neglected the front garden in her clearing and planting of the last few days. This morning I gathered and bagged up her cuttings from the gravel path. Erigerons, day lilies, Hot Chocolate rose and fuchsia feature here. Clematises, nasturtiums, petunias, lobelias, and solanum currently bloom in front of the garage door. ThisContinue reading “First Donkey Foals”

Late Summer Flowering

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT I began the day with a walk round the garden with the camera. Jackie joined me to ensure that I did not miss any of herContinue reading “Late Summer Flowering”

Hot Chocolate And Hot Lips

SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT It was another mark of progress this morning when I wandered around the overcast garden while JackieContinue reading “Hot Chocolate And Hot Lips”

Where’s That Smile?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The lower temperature brought a cooler and more pleasant day on which The Head Gardener continued her creative planting, serious weeding, and cutting back. I dead-headed roses, carted debris to the compost heap, and made a few pictures. The planting on the kitchen wall now seems complete.Continue reading “Where’s That Smile?”

Getting Started

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF NECESSARY. During a brief spell of sunshine this morning, I focussed on the front garden and the back drive. Clematis Mrs N. Thomson, pink roses and honeysuckle still festoon the front trellis; and in the beds thrive pink poppies, the rose, a deep red Hot Chocolate, and redContinue reading “Getting Started”

Perseverance Rewarded

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Until 2.30 p.m. when Jackie drove us to Brockenhurst to collect our friend Sheila who is staying with us for a few days, she continued sterling maintenance in the garden while Aaron and Robin continued with the fencing. The erigeron outside the French windows featured as partContinue reading “Perseverance Rewarded”

Two Seasons Merge

This morning Aaron and Robin took out three mature self-seeded hawthorn stumps from the front garden, leaving a raked clear soil in situ; they pruned our side of the griselinia trees; and Aaron replaced a missing end cap on the front guttering. The garden, on this balmy, sun-filled day, remains in full bloom. Autumn andContinue reading “Two Seasons Merge”

The Name Of The Rose

Substituting scissors for secateurs, the Head Gardener began the day by cutting my hair. We settled the dispute about how long ago she last performed this pruning, by referring to our customary aide-memoire – this blog. It was 14th March. There were no pestiferous flies to eradicate. It seemed only fair for me to cut theContinue reading “The Name Of The Rose”