Elizabeth Meets Ellie

This afternoon, while Jackie drove Flo, Dillon. and Ellie out shopping, I watched a BBC recording of yesterday’s delayed start of the final cricket Test Match between England and South Africa. I then took a walk round the garden with my camera. We had given up these gladioli in the heatwave. They have revived nicelyContinue reading “Elizabeth Meets Ellie”

Birth Announcement Card

The fairly regular substantial showers of heavy rain that we are experiencing this week has really freshened the garden and perked up flagging flowers such as Japanese anemones which are somewhat stunted; solanums both blue and white like this one that cascades over a tall dead elm; various dahlias had been dried up and hangingContinue reading “Birth Announcement Card”

Synchronised Grazing

This morning, while Jackie continued her general garden maintenance, including mowing the lawn, lulled by the gentle trill of birdsong and the tinkling trickle of water fountain, I enjoyed a dead heading session before wandering around with my camera. Roses receiving attention included a peach climber; pink Mum in a Million at two of herContinue reading “Synchronised Grazing”

Sunny Periods

As the early morning sunshine made way for the later gloom I assisted the Head Gardener in some tidying of the garden whilst also recording the current state of affairs. Along with various views I photographed dahlias, fuchsias, clematises, roses, nicotiana, leaves of Weeping Birch and Virginia creeper, asters, a bee, and begonias. Clicking onContinue reading “Sunny Periods”

Still Going Strong

This morning I cut the grass and produced a few photographs. Individual titles appear on the galleries. This afternoon I almost finished reading Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley which I will feature tomorrow. Tonight’s dinner consisted of sag bhaji and mild prawn curry starter from Forest Tandoori followed by the main event in theContinue reading “Still Going Strong”

Precipitation Photoshoot

Beneath a constantly percolating cloud colander parky temperatures prevailed throughout the day. I stayed at the computer while the Assistant Photographer produced the precipitation photoshoot. Click on any image to access the gallery where each picture bears it own title. This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy mango and lime piri-piri chicken served with chilli-potentContinue reading “Precipitation Photoshoot”

Spotlights

General garden maintenance this morning included Jackie’s replanting of the Iron Urn consisting of pansies underplanted with purple tulips, having replaced the root-bound soil; and much more clipping, chopping, and bagging of wayward shrubs. The winter pansies now blend well with the pale purple colchicums or autumn crocuses, phlox, and Japanese anemones while contrasting withContinue reading “Spotlights”

Resisting The Elements

Knowing that we were to expect another leaden afternoon of rain Jackie spent a couple of hours in the garden setting gale damage to rights. I joined her and transported some refuse to the compost while chronicling the event. This was before we visited Mum in Woodpeckers. Our mother, sporting another of her best outfitsContinue reading “Resisting The Elements”

Sweated Labour

On another sweltering, humid day we made short trips into the garden largely for the purposes of watering, mainly plants in hanging baskets. Speaking for myself, I needed to wait until I had stopped soaking my T-shirt and recovered from my efforts before I was almost fit enough to wander around to admire our workContinue reading “Sweated Labour”

Raindrops And Humidity

This drizzle-wet morning gave way to the hot, humid-wet afternoon on which I carried out a dead-heading exercise. For those worried about our robin family, Jackie’s internet research has revealed that in summer the missing small birds abandon gardens for woods where a plethora of readily attainable food abounds. They can be expected to returnContinue reading “Raindrops And Humidity”