Cold Soup

Jackie took advantage of the early morning sunlight to photograph a variety of colourful daffodils; a striking range of hellebores; a bee probing pulmonaria; my dwarf azalea, still thriving after twenty years and several moves; pale yellow primroses and their brighter primula relatives; mahonias, companula, wood anemones, summer snowflakes; and burgeoning tulips blending with lightContinue reading “Cold Soup”

Nature’s Umbrellas

Storm Jorge is not due to hit us until tomorrow. Just to get us in the mood, dispiritingly drizzly rain seeped from solid slate skies throughout the day. Even heavy rain would have been more stimulating. Mostly I read, except when I donned a raincoat and wandered around the garden testing my camera’s imperviousness toContinue reading “Nature’s Umbrellas”

Mud-caked

I have to acknowledge that I seem to be out of step with more regular reviewers of The Favourite which we watched on Prime after dinner yesterday. I am not competent to comment on the historical accuracy of this story of the last years of Queen Anne, a very sad eighteenth century English monarch; norContinue reading “Mud-caked”

Where’s Mrs Nugget?

Jackie planted a clutch of primulas this morning. While she was at it she kept tabs on the winter flowering clematis Cirrhosa Freckles, and the mahonia that has grown into a tree. She observed an encounter between a snail and an owl; and admired the burgeoning Daphne Odorata Marginata and the Chilean lantern tree. ByContinue reading “Where’s Mrs Nugget?”

Backing Up

Knowing that we were to expect further stormy weather today, Jackie helpfully took her camera into the garden at dusk yesterday and photographed primulas, cyclamens, bergenia, hellebores, camellias, clematis cirrhosa Freckles, a pelargonium, a mahonia with accompanying New Zealand flax, snowdrops, and Daphne odorata marginata all in bloom. The Generous Gardener rose set to climbContinue reading “Backing Up”

How He Hinders

In yesterday’s fading evening light Jackie photographed her helianthuses Lemon Queen, complete with bee, against the phormium and mahonia reaching for the gentle sky. Today’s skies resembled damp fleece and the air was fairly breezy. She spent the morning attempting to get on with her planting. She managed two in as many hours, including aContinue reading “How He Hinders”

Rearing Hellebores

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 The first clear sky at dawn for some time promised a sunny day which was appreciated by the garden, especially the winter flowering cherry that hasContinue reading “Rearing Hellebores”

A Little Bit O’ Bloomin’ Luck

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENT. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING ON THE BOX  AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Today began dark, wet, and windy. Thinking we would be unable to do much more in the garden we transported the results of yesterday’s crab apple pruning to EffordContinue reading “A Little Bit O’ Bloomin’ Luck”

Folding Flyers

Last night a full yellow, pink haloed, moon was framed by limbs of garden trees such as an evergreen mahonia or rolled in the grip of deciduous fingers of beech. This morning we collected Paul’s mount board from Wessex Print in Pennington and delivered this, the flyers, and exhibition prints to The First Gallery, where, whilst enjoying coffeeContinue reading “Folding Flyers”

Honey Bees And Christmas Lights

Giles visited this morning and stayed for lunch.   On a wander round the garden he was pleased to notice that the mahonia was still attracting bees. Jacqueline du Pre was enjoying a resurgence in the rose garden. Before lunch, our friend and I took a walk across the field by the post box, throughContinue reading “Honey Bees And Christmas Lights”