Raindrops On Roses

Having been informed by Bob on https://lovewillbringustogether.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/blue-skies-smilin-at-me/ that Australia’s Perth is having its driest spell on record I thought that today’s overnight visitors from that city might not be too sorry that our day has been overcast and wet. Nevertheless, our cordeline Australis, eucalyptus, and yellow bottle brush plant, all beginning to bloom, may giveContinue reading “Raindrops On Roses”

Wagons Ho!

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Beginning with roseraie de l’Hay, Jackie and I continued our work in the Rose Garden by bashing stakes into the ground and tying the stems to them. Brambles are very sneaky when they send their deep roots down beside roses. The worst of these, masquerading as  theContinue reading “Wagons Ho!”

‘Did You See Those Chairs?’

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. On another dull morning I scanned the last few colour slides from 1980. In October Becky enjoyed pushing the buggy in Tooting Common. There was someone in it. That was Sam. Jessica was also on the walk. Here is Matthew the following month, and in December with Sam, who,Continue reading “‘Did You See Those Chairs?’”

Traffic Control

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF RQUIRED Most of our roses are now in bloom. We have, for example, Laura Ford; Summer Time; and, sharing the blue painted arch with Madame Alfred Carière, Summer Wine; whilst the pink ones at the front are beginning to festoon the trellis. A couple of times in recent days,Continue reading “Traffic Control”

Before And After: The Brick Path

This morning Jackie continued her winter planting, such as this hanging basket and I pruned roses. Here are today’s offerings from the rose garden: Laura Ford, and the climber, Golden Showers. Following yesterday’s post, Jackie has given the Gazebo Path its correct sign. This afternoon Jackie drove us to New Milton for me to visitContinue reading “Before And After: The Brick Path”

The Unidentified Fir Bed

I began the day by watching a recording of the England v. Australia match in the Rugby World Cup. In case there is any rugby fan in either hemisphere who is yet to watch it, I will say no more. Encouraged by yet another warm, sunny, day, Jackie began work on clearing, and settling downContinue reading “The Unidentified Fir Bed”

The Name Of The Rose

Substituting scissors for secateurs, the Head Gardener began the day by cutting my hair. We settled the dispute about how long ago she last performed this pruning, by referring to our customary aide-memoire – this blog. It was 14th March. There were no pestiferous flies to eradicate. It seemed only fair for me to cut theContinue reading “The Name Of The Rose”