Fresh Food

Today was cool and overcast. This afternoon I dead-headed the Rose Garden, then photographed some blooms that escaped the chop. These include Absolutely Fabulous, Ballerina, Gloriana, Deep Secret, Mamma Mia, Aloha, Lady Emma Hamilton, Special Anniversary, Crown Princess Margareta, and Shropshire Lad. Each is labelled in the gallery which may be accessed by clicking onContinue reading “Fresh Food”

Special Anniversary

It was not until 26th June 2014 that we decided to make a before and after record of the work done on the garden begun on 1st April. We regret not having thought of this from the ┬ávery beginning. This was when we decided to turn the remnants of a kitchen garden into a RoseContinue reading “Special Anniversary”

“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””

Drawing, Painting, Retouching

My ten year old granddaughter, Imogen sent me these drawings by e-mail yesterday. I think her line, her shading, and her composition are exceptional. Today we had a visit from another artist, in the form of John Jones making one of his occasional paintings of the garden. The day was seriously hot and humid asContinue reading “Drawing, Painting, Retouching”

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”

A Bigger Splash

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 The garden was looking very refreshed as I wandered around this morning. Most blooms bore baubles of raindrops. Bees were making up for being confined inContinue reading “A Bigger Splash”

Spot the Bees

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL EXAMPLES OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Jackie continued watering the garden this morning. This afternoon we both carried out an extensive dead-heading session. After this, I wandered among the flitting butterflies andContinue reading “Spot the Bees”

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”

Maybe There’ll Be Frost

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Although the meteorologists keep changing their minds about it, we have a frost warning for tonight. We therefore began the task of bringing some of the more tender potted plants into a makeshift cold frame and the greenhouse. Sun still streaked across the Gazebo Path; across theContinue reading “Maybe There’ll Be Frost”

The End Of British Summer Time

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Aaron was so pleased with our John Cook sculpture of him that he asked for a photograph. Naturally I printed him a copy of each of those that appeared in ‘A Particularly Strong Clue’. Among other tasks today, he strengthened the new recycled gates arbour, under whichContinue reading “The End Of British Summer Time”