Cheers Laurie And Clif

My contribution to Jackie’s general garden maintenance this morning was making a start on weeding the gravelled Gazebo path. I will need to consult with the Head Gardener about these forget-me-nots spilling under the iron wheels. Brick Paths will need to wait their turn; I am not looking forward to the Back Drive which IContinue reading “Cheers Laurie And Clif”

Surviving The Cold Weather

Having progressed comfortably past the halfway point in Charles Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, this morning I scanned the next six of Charles Keeping’s imaginative and skilful illustrations. In ‘Mrs Hominy stalked in again; very erect, in proof of her aristocratic blood’ the artist perfectly displays her haughtiness. ‘Three or four meagre dogs; some long-legged pigs; someContinue reading “Surviving The Cold Weather”

The Garden As April Begins

On a warm day with sunny intervals it was time to record the garden as it comes alive. The Brick Path and the Back Drive borders each hold some of the plants I am about to show, like the euphorbia fronting one of the dead stumps on the Back Drive. We have many tulips inContinue reading “The Garden As April Begins”

“Where’s Derrick?”

Knowing that the temperature would drop and the leaden canopy overhead become a leaky colander throughout the day, we held back Jackie’s sunlit images from yesterday¬†afternoon. She had transformed this second footpath across the Rose Garden from a few days ago to this, having also re-fixed the windblown mirror to the back fence. The poppiesContinue reading ““Where’s Derrick?””

Avian Courtship

Jackie spent this, the hottest afternoon of the week, continuing her work of tidying and planting the garden, I spent some time collecting up debris for the compost bin and sweeping paths like those named Brick and Gazebo.   The strong sweet scent of the swinging wisteria penetrates the closed stable door during the evenings.Continue reading “Avian Courtship”

A Sad Sign Of The Times

Jackie had a reasonably smooth shop this morning, after which she worked in the garden until the temperature became too hot. The Co-op was selling bedding plants, some of which she naturally bought, although she will have need of all her pelargonium cuttings in the greenhouse. After lunch I took a tour with my cameraContinue reading “A Sad Sign Of The Times”

Not Quite Mid-May

Today’s tour of the garden began with clematis Marie Boisselot in the Kitchen Bed which also contains an as yet small wisteria, clusters of ferns, Japanese maples, the now ubiquitous erigeron, and self seeded bronze fennel which will have to go when it outgrows it’s welcome. Other clematises include Niobe, now rivalling the fading wisteriaContinue reading “Not Quite Mid-May”

Dressing Chef

I wandered around the garden in today’s early morning light. Alongside the magnolia Vulcan stand the first of our rhododendrons in full bloom. The small diurnal yellow and orange poppies that crop up everywhere have woken up; forget-me-nots also thrust through soil and gravel at will; even more ubiquitous are honesty, and bluebells. Iberis, aubretia,Continue reading “Dressing Chef”

Spot The Partridge

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK. While I lurked with a lens, Jackie continued, carefully, to cultivate the garden this morning. I had been struck by the trailContinue reading “Spot The Partridge”

Mirrors

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN THE GROUP ACCESS A GALLERY THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. Yesterday morning Jackie visited Molly’s Den where she bought a mirror for the wall above the fireplace. On the left of the mantelpiece stands the miniatureContinue reading “Mirrors”