A Paint Job

This morning, before dawn’s light had penetrated neighbouring trees, I photographed the wakening garden from above. Aurora first fingered the wisteria; the crab apple and the Amanogawa blossoms.     Aaron of A.P. Maintenance gave the shed two coats of paint, then drank a mug of tea while, at a suitable distance, I admired hisContinue reading “A Paint Job”

In A Flap

As I walked down to the Back gate to open it for Aaron early this morning I passed the delicate pastel shades of Penny Lane which will have a powerful fragrance later in the day; oriental poppies which have stubbornly clung to some petals despite the recent gales; abundant Félicité Perpétue draped over a deadContinue reading “In A Flap”

Can It Really Be October?

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. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT CAN BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO Today I took several strolls around the garden, marvelling at what we still have in bloom.Continue reading “Can It Really Be October?”

A Layered Rose

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING THE BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. THESE MAY BE FURTHER ENLARGED WITH CLICKS Jackie, Elizabeth, and I worked in the gardenContinue reading “A Layered Rose”

We Ate Their Cake

SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK, TO BE REPEATED IF REQUIRED. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN, CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT AND FURTHER CLICKING FOR ENLARGEMENT Late yesterday afternoon, Jackie created a new bed alongsideContinue reading “We Ate Their Cake”

The Head Gardener’s Hod Carrier

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Jackie continues weeding, clipping, planting, and replenishing soil. This involves a certain amount of popping out to a garden centre. Today, for example, she departed for some lime and returned with, in addition, a garden tray, a parasol, and the obligatory few plants. Here she was workingContinue reading “The Head Gardener’s Hod Carrier”

Progress Of The Thatchers

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. During the morning and part of the afternoon work continued in the garden, mostly in the Rose Garden, although I did also partly composite the Oval Bed. In theContinue reading “Progress Of The Thatchers”

Boldre Bridge

CLICK ON THE CLUSTERED GALLERY IMAGES TO ACCESS THEIR LARGER FORMAT SLIDESHOW. At 16 degrees, our incredibly mild period continues. It was therefore strange today to begin the winter clearing whilst we continue to enjoy blooms from spring and summer. We did so in rather desultory fashion. It is difficult to think of winter whenContinue reading “Boldre Bridge”

Fading Beauty

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This was a glorious sunny day with the warmth of mid-summer. Bees and butterflies abounded in the garden. It was a good day for wandering around, but that is all we felt inclined to do. We can defer the winter preparation until it feels more like autumn.Continue reading “Fading Beauty”

What Happened To My Finger?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED. A myriad of flying creatures feasted on fennel this morning. This splendid hoverfly dwarfed its relative just above. Perhaps unusual in the insect world this harmless creature’s scary camouflage serves the purpose of drawing attention in order to instil fear. It has a long, slender, tongue which it inserts intoContinue reading “What Happened To My Finger?”