Working On The Rose Garden

Today, the hottest day of the year, was fine and sunny. While Jackie swept, weeded, pruned, and watered the Rose Garden. (This picture is not an official “Where’s Nugget?”, but on reading the blog and doubly enlarging it The Head Gardener identified our familiar robin clearly silhouetted above the central bloom of clematis Warsaw NikeContinue reading “Working On The Rose Garden”

Continuing To Cater

This was another fine, but cool, day. As usual when Jackie stepped out of the stable door to fill the robin family’s breakfast tray Nugget appeared in the wisteria before she had opened the cereal jar. Soon after the Head Gardener had attended to her ever-multiplying avian infants we set out on what was plannedContinue reading “Continuing To Cater”

An Appeal For Help

This morning was wet and dull. Light rain glistened on the dimly lit garden foliage seen from the bedroom windows. After lunch the sun smiled down and spread a little joy. It was warm enough for Aaron to mow Mistletoe Cottage’s lawn wearing a T-shirt. I wandered around at ground level noting roses including PeachContinue reading “An Appeal For Help”

Sunburst

I wandered around the garden late this afternoon, pointing the camera almost at random. Here are the results. Don’t miss a couple of bees. The Puerto Rico dahlia provided a sympathetic sunburst. As usual, galleries will provide titles. This evening we dined at The Wheel Inn at Bowling Green. We both enjoyed tempura prawns andContinue reading “Sunburst”

The Moscow Show Trials

There was not much sun breaking through the clouds today. This is quite useful when photographing white flowers like clematis Marie Boisselot as I did on my way to open the back gate for Aaron. Geranium Palmatums and their attendant red fuchsias caught a touch of it as I walked along the Shady Path. BeesContinue reading “The Moscow Show Trials”

The Bleeding Arch

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS THE GALLERY, ANY MEMBER OF WHICH MAY BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT MAY BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO Jackie spent much of the day on giving the Rose Garden a thorough Autumn Clean. ThisContinue reading “The Bleeding Arch”

The End Of British Summer Time

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Aaron was so pleased with our John Cook sculpture of him that he asked for a photograph. Naturally I printed him a copy of each of those that appeared in ‘A Particularly Strong Clue’. Among other tasks today, he strengthened the new recycled gates arbour, under whichContinue reading “The End Of British Summer Time”

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”

Can It Be Mid-October?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The lingering virus from which we have now recovered has really rather reduced gardening for a month. Today, I wandered around on a survey mission, and was pleasantly impressed. The grass could do with cutting, but there is also colour in abundance. Dahlias we would expect; and chrysanthemums; butContinue reading “Can It Be Mid-October?”

Focus On The Back Drive

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. While Jackie continued her creative magic in the garden, and between televised tennis sessions, I wandered around admiring the fruits of her labours, and, of course photographing them. We have a number of different day lilies; and the first water lily has now bloomed on the tinyContinue reading “Focus On The Back Drive”