Windburn

Today dawned dull and drizzle-wet. We ventured into the garden early – Jackie to inspect and, where possible, nullify the storm damage and I to empty refuse trugs then carry out some dead heading. Jackie had a chat with Nugget when he came to sample what she had dug up for him. He is ableContinue reading “Windburn”

More Than She Could Chew

Aaron works in all weathers. This morning, however warm enough, was even too wet for him. He visited anyway and we enjoyed a pleasant conversation over tea, coffee, and biscuits. Afterwards I watched England’s World Cup Rugby match against Tonga. Although this afternoon the skies remained overcast, the steady rain let up; Jackie worked onContinue reading “More Than She Could Chew”

Before The Storm

Threatened with a thunderstorm, after two lengthy dead-heading sessions, I wandered around the garden while Jackie continued with her general tidying and maintenance work. The blooms in these images of the Rose Garden and the bed at its entrance are identified in the titles of the galleries, each of which can be accessed by aContinue reading “Before The Storm”

Bedmaking

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 MAY BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. This year we have enjoyed a bumper crop on the apple tree we inherited. Previously itContinue reading “Bedmaking”

One That Didn’t Get Away

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED In anticipation of the expected 45 m.p.h. winds we were out early this morning battening down the hatches. Chairs and hanging baskets were grounded; trugs, like this blue one on the chair at the west end of the Phantom Path were upended; I lifted this flowering gladiolus’sContinue reading “One That Didn’t Get Away”

A Topsy-Turvy Season

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. A wander round the garden in this balmy morning’s light diffused by wandering clouds above raised questions about what season we are enjoying. An industrious web constructing spider, seeking camouflage in the spent marigold seedpods must have been confused by the plants’ fresh blooms. By early eveningContinue reading “A Topsy-Turvy Season”

Fish ‘n’ Chips

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Alison visited today and brought us a wonderful set of wind chimes. Given the amount of wind we usually experience, it is sod’s law that the air was now perfectly still. On display during her walk around the garden were Japanese anemones and dahlias; clematises and petunias;Continue reading “Fish ‘n’ Chips”

Find The Moth

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today was overcast and unseasonably hot and humid. I cut the grass and had a wander around the garden. Many of our plants linger on, refusing to accept the advent of autumn. We still have blooming clematises. Although the leaves of the weeping birch are beginning to colourContinue reading “Find The Moth”

A Trio Of Flamenco Dresses

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Watering and dead heading were the orders of the garden today. For the first time, I availed myself of the Head Gardener’s dead heading trolley. This is basically an adapted IKEA sack barrow. The slot for secateurs has been obscured by the contents of the bucket ofContinue reading “A Trio Of Flamenco Dresses”

A Nature Lesson

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENT. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another overcast morning Jackie and I tidied up the garden with secateurs and broom while Aaron and Sean completed the building of the log shelter. Later, Jackie did some more planting and pruning as I carted clippings and branches to the compost and dump bags. This afternoon I returnedContinue reading “A Nature Lesson”