Working From Home

On an even hotter day we began gardening very early, partly because our septic tank was emptied soon after 7.00 a.m. Our shared task was dead-heading. I carried a camera with me. I have noticed that butterflies like to bask on paving or gravel. Can you spot this Red Admiral? We now have quite aContinue reading “Working From Home”

“Turncoat”

The air this morning when we set about further post-storm garden recovery work hung humid and eerily still. Concentrating on the patio area and the sweet peas corner of the kitchen wall, Jackie trimmed the Lathyrus odoratus and extricated the strangled tomato plant. From less than polite expressions of intense disappointment yesterday when discovering brokenContinue reading ““Turncoat””

He Lent His Hat

This morning Aaron, with his usual concentrated accuracy, assembled and installed a new flat packed wooden arch across the Shady Path. This was to replace a cheap metal one that had collapsed. As the morning warmed up he lent his hat to Florence sculpture who remained in the shade, Camellias continue to splash colour acrossContinue reading “He Lent His Hat”

Autumn Arachnid

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER CLICKS WILL INCREASE ENLARGEMENT As the first autumn arachnid predator wrapped prey for its larder in the warm morning sunshine, further potential sustenance foraged forContinue reading “Autumn Arachnid”

A Wee Bit Harsh

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. THOSE IMAGES NOT IN A GROUP CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO Early this morning, in the front garden, I photographed nasturtiums; double petuniasContinue reading “A Wee Bit Harsh”

The Herbaceous Borders

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Jackie continued her planting today. My major task was dead-heading. This section of the Dragon Bed shows how what was a large, gangly ficus until Aaron removed it six days ago has been replaced by the Head Gardener’s selection. The chimney pot in this shot of theContinue reading “The Herbaceous Borders”

In The Hedgerow

Just a few yards down Downton Lane was enough of an amble for me this morning. Close inspection of the hedgerow revealed various insects soaking up the soporific sunshine. See if you can spot them. The first two are easy. If in difficulty click on the imagos’ images. (WordPress didn’t like the first piece ofContinue reading “In The Hedgerow”

Kingston Market Stall

When trying to phone Bev and John last evening, I could see a dialling signal on my new super duper Samsung Galaxy mobile, but heard nothing. The call ended sign then came up. Jackie phoned me. I got no ring tone. She was switched to Voicemail. She left a message. I did not receive theContinue reading “Kingston Market Stall”