The Stumpery

Jill Weatherholt, in her comment on “The Path To Deadman Hill”, described Jackie’s young robin as a little nugget. His name is now Nugget. She spent the morning conversing with him whilst tidying the Oval Bed. After taking the above photographs I wandered round the garden. Hydrangeas need a lot of water, but the HeadContinue reading “The Stumpery”

First Donkey Foals

Jackie has not neglected the front garden in her clearing and planting of the last few days. This morning I gathered and bagged up her cuttings from the gravel path. Erigerons, day lilies, Hot Chocolate rose and fuchsia feature here. Clematises, nasturtiums, petunias, lobelias, and solanum currently bloom in front of the garage door. ThisContinue reading “First Donkey Foals”

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”

My Minimal Contribution

CLICK ON ANY MEMBER OF A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT A second brood of sparrows has hatched in our downstairs loo extractor fan.   In this corner of the patio this morning I made my minimalContinue reading “My Minimal Contribution”

Track The Butterfly

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY ANY MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT We took a mid-morning break in the patio where I admired the plantings, and Jackie watered a few she spotted looking a little thirsty. For aContinue reading “Track The Butterfly”

Where To Find A Drink

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. This afternoon we drove into the forest in search of water. We hoped to find at least some areas where the animals could drink. The bedContinue reading “Where To Find A Drink”

War Of The Voles

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO This afternoon I made a rather pathetic effort at clearing up some of the Head Gardener’s laboriousContinue reading “War Of The Voles”

Morning And Evening Light

In the early morning light this morning, carrying the camera, I walked to the far end of the back drive to open the gate for Aaron. The peach rose we inherited beside the patio is producing more blooms. Just one example of Jackie’s splendid planting in that area includes petunias, cosmoses, clematis, fuchsia, begonias, andContinue reading “Morning And Evening Light”

Late Summer Blooms

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED While Jackie, weeded, watered, and planted, my main gardening task today was extensive dead-heading. If anyone spots any heads I’ve missed in the following photographs, I’ll thank you for not mentioning it. We have many petunias. These, with geraniums and erigeron, grace the sitting room wall. These,Continue reading “Late Summer Blooms”

Is This The Beast?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Yesterday evening, whilst having drinks on the patio, a steady chugging overhead made me feel rather queasy. It took me back to Cumbria in the 1990s.  As we were promised several hours of rain this afternoon, Jackie spent the morning watering the garden, and I took someContinue reading “Is This The Beast?”