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  very beginning. This was when we decided to turn the remnants of a kitchen garden into a RoseContinue reading “Special Anniversary”

Find The Colours

After lunch Matthew and Poppy arrived to spend the weekend with us. Our granddaughter was keen to explore the garden again. She and Matthew walked around with a list of ten colours of which she was to find representatives. The only one that proved problematic was green. I imagine there are enough colours in theseContinue reading “Find The Colours”

Preparing For Departure

Having been picked up by Shelly, Jackie left today just after noon for three days away with her sisters. In her efforts to ensure I would be well catered for, the Culinary Queen packed the fridge with cooked meals and salad lunch materials. The plate on the fourth shelf down contains the lunch I enjoyedContinue reading “Preparing For Departure”

Multiple Occupation

Although a little drier than expected, today remained largely overcast. Just before lunch Jackie took me on a tour of what she has achieved during the last few days in the garden. It struck me that I have never really shown the packed multiple occupation of our beds. While listening to the men’s Cricket WorldContinue reading “Multiple Occupation”

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”

Petrified By Ponies

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. This afternoon we visited Otter Nurseries in order to buy rambling roses to supplement the planting Jackie carried out this morning. The Head Gardener was soon into a discussionContinue reading “Petrified By Ponies”

Getting Started

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF NECESSARY. During a brief spell of sunshine this morning, I focussed on the front garden and the back drive. Clematis Mrs N. Thomson, pink roses and honeysuckle still festoon the front trellis; and in the beds thrive pink poppies, the rose, a deep red Hot Chocolate, and redContinue reading “Getting Started”

Gooseberry

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning Jackie drove us around the east of the forest. At East End we passed some ponies chomping by the roadside. It was a narrow lane, so Jackie drove on and parked in a passing spot for me to walk back to photograph the scene. ThisContinue reading “Gooseberry”

Three Roses

It is now 9.30 p.m. I f I finish this post this evening it will be a miracle, because, so far, much of it has been spent having useless and frustrating conversations with someone in India about lack of BT Broadband connection. This morning Jackie drove us to Helen’s home in Poulner where we decantedContinue reading “Three Roses”

Should I Be Concerned?

The garden was refreshed by early morning rain. This failed to dampen the ardour of the passion flowers eyeing the red hot honeysuckle, and gave sweet peas a welcome drink. The climbing rose Aloha, and the bush Margaret Merrill are both in full bloom. A comment on Houzz GardenWeb forum, posted in July 2007 statesContinue reading “Should I Be Concerned?”