Antipodean Visitors

Warm sunshine was the order of the day. Jackie spent much time in shade tending to potted plants, many of which have survived the winter but needed shaves and haircuts. She has suspended some of these from the lopped cypress. My contribution to the general maintenance was a little watering, weeding, and transporting debris toContinue reading “Antipodean Visitors”

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”

“Are You Sure It’s In This Garden?”

Unfortunately I cannot remember which of my blogging friends wrote recently that she was very fond of clematises. Well, I am sure she knows who she is and will appreciate today’s post in her honour. This morning I decide to make a pictorial clematis collection. Where known, the titles of these plants may be foundContinue reading ““Are You Sure It’s In This Garden?””

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”

Fireworks

The sun today made fleeting, peeping, appearances in the garden. These elegant, slender, gladioli are proliferating outside the kitchen door; as does clematis Marie Boisselot in-urned in the Kitchen Bed alongside a deep red peony, single petalled examples of which stand in the Dragon Bed. Other clematises include Niobe on the corner of the kitchenContinue reading “Fireworks”

Refreshment

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Jackie carried out much knowledgeable weeding and planting this morning, whilst I cleared up the discards and conveyed them to the compost pile. The early sun lit libertias standing in the Weeping Birch Bed, and enlivened the burgeoning Rose Garden. Various clematises, including this wonderfully scented Montana festoonedContinue reading “Refreshment”

The Watcher Watched

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. After a leisurely breakfast we left Aaron, his nephew Rory, and Robin working on the fencing while Jackie drove the two of us, Jessie, and Guru to Ferndene Farm Shop for our friends to shop for their return. This was such a hot, heavy, and overcast dayContinue reading “The Watcher Watched”

In The Garden Today

My gardening task today was cutting the grass. It is as well that I did carried that out before photographing this symphony in red provided by tellimas, rhododendron, pieris, mimuluses and petunias. Another rhododendron that I photographed last week in a still closed and soggy state is now fully open and looking well refreshed; as are the redContinue reading “In The Garden Today”