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”

Sweeping Up

Today Jackie was mostly refurbishing and tidying pots and hanging basket plantings. She has completed the Shady Path where all is now well, except for windburn on this white lobelia; and on this yellow tree peony whose healthy seed pods offer optimism for next year. Beyond this small triangular bed before the wisteria arbour MrsContinue reading “Sweeping Up”

Seeking Camouflage

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The sun has returned after several days’ absence. I wandered around the garden with a camera. These photographs reflect the current conditions in our plot. Hibiscuses are now in full bloom. This one is at the front; as is this yellow climbing nasturtium sharing the garage frontageContinue reading “Seeking Camouflage”

Umbrellas And Multi-Ocular Devices

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Early on this grey, overcast, morning, Jackie drove us to Lymington and back to buy a birthday present. Upon leaving the house I decided I had not published enough photographs of the front garden. I therefore focussed on these lilies flanking bronze fennel flowers; fuchsia Sir MattContinue reading “Umbrellas And Multi-Ocular Devices”

Recovery

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED As the wind has dropped and the temperature soared, we now enter into a heatwave. The recovery work in the garden is under way. Clearing fallen branches, staking up plants, watering, and dead-heading were the order of the day. Jackie staked up the nicotiana in the PalmContinue reading “Recovery”

Planting Continues

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. My contribution to garden maintenance today was to accompany Aaron to Mole Country Supplies to buy more fencing materials with which he and Robin virtually completed their job; to cut the grass; and to dead head some roses. Jackie did a lot of watering. In the RoseContinue reading “Planting Continues”

The Pool

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Following on from my post of two days ago I scanned a few more slides from The Dumb Flea holiday. Here Becky sits in the garden with her two regular charges, David and Samuel. Yes, that is a pet rabbit hopping about. Another great attraction was the pool.Continue reading “The Pool”

Taking The Plunge

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Whilst I am very happy with my Canon SX700 HS camera, I am becoming increasingly aware of its limitations. In particular I do miss my SLR film cameras with good quality zoom lenses. It was such a device that enabled me to fill the frames of the colour slidesContinue reading “Taking The Plunge”

Remembering 7/7

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. We have a number of hanging baskets around the kitchen doors. This one contains fuchsia Blue Angel; here clematis Warsaw Nike, from its pot clambers up to another containing petunias and lobelia. The white pot contains apple mint, and borage occupies the bed. Nearby, bidens blooms. The New BedContinue reading “Remembering 7/7”

The White Garden

Hunting through our house purchase documents for some clarity about responsibility for the huge amount of fencing in various stages of health that borders our property, I was unsuccessful in that, but I did discover the names of the houses in our little hamlet. We are one of four on our side of Downton Lane.Continue reading “The White Garden”