Ninon Michaelis

The sun kept away today, and the cloud-wrapped air was mild. To increase seasonal confusion the winter flowering cherry has bloomed early and nudges crab apples normally stripped by blackbirds by now. This camellia is a very early spring bloomer, but never a November one. Fuchsias like Delta’s Sarah and Mrs Popple just go onContinue reading “Ninon Michaelis”

Moyles Court

The wind lessened today, so we made a start on recovery. There is nothing to be done about windburn such as this on the red Japanese maple, but we did carry out an extensive hard prune in the Rose Garden where Mamma Mia and Absolutely fabulous prevail. Bees were confined to their hives yesterday andContinue reading “Moyles Court”

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”

Buzzing On Opium

We received a generous amount of rain overnight and light drizzle during the morning of a generally overcast day. Jackie continued her work on clearing beds while I carried clippings and other refuse to the compost bins before a lengthy training session for what Andrew Petcher has termed the Dead-heading Olympics. Nugget visited me briefly,Continue reading “Buzzing On Opium”

Fresh Food

Today was cool and overcast. This afternoon I dead-headed the Rose Garden, then photographed some blooms that escaped the chop. These include Absolutely Fabulous, Ballerina, Gloriana, Deep Secret, Mamma Mia, Aloha, Lady Emma Hamilton, Special Anniversary, Crown Princess Margareta, and Shropshire Lad. Each is labelled in the gallery which may be accessed by clicking onContinue reading “Fresh Food”

None Of That Nonsense

Late this afternoon rain had brought abandonment to the first day of the fourth Ashes Test match, but here it was reasonably warm and sunny. Jackie, hindered by Nugget, continued planting, while I wandered around the garden. Clematis Marie Boisselot, in her third flush, has now toned down her blue rinse. Other clematises, such asContinue reading “None Of That Nonsense”

Not Cold Enough

Perhaps it was the very light overnight frost that led the blackbirds to investigate the neglected crab apples in the front garden. This one turned its back on them and considerately stayed just long enough for me to photograph it. We still have plenty of colour in our plot. There are winter flowering plants suchContinue reading “Not Cold Enough”

I Took A Tumble

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. SINGLE IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK WHICH CAN BE REPEATED Ronan and Mark of Tom Sutton Heating are well on schedule with our newContinue reading “I Took A Tumble”

Preparing For Ophelia

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. (Gwen and Yvonne, divert your eyes when it comes to the culinary coda) Compared with what has been inflicted on Wales and Ireland by the albeit waning hurricane Ophelia, we have got off lightly. This morning we made our usual preparations for protection from strong winds, notablyContinue reading “Preparing For Ophelia”

Boldre Bridge

CLICK ON THE CLUSTERED GALLERY IMAGES TO ACCESS THEIR LARGER FORMAT SLIDESHOW. At 16 degrees, our incredibly mild period continues. It was therefore strange today to begin the winter clearing whilst we continue to enjoy blooms from spring and summer. We did so in rather desultory fashion. It is difficult to think of winter whenContinue reading “Boldre Bridge”