Seeking Solutions

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. This afternoon I kept my eyes open for most of the football World Cup match betweenContinue reading “Seeking Solutions”

In The May Garden (2)

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Among his other tasks this morning, Aaron finished weeding the original section of the Brick Path, and sprayed herbicide along the gravel of the Back Drive where an old gold iris has bloomed. Many plants, like this pansy-like mimulus, have happily self-seeded from last year, others like two mulleins threatening to dwarfContinue reading “In The May Garden (2)”

A New Fashion Print

Jackie spent most of another fine spring day working on her soil replenishment project. Can you spot her? You certainly can now that the sunlight has provided her with a new fashion print. To the left of the eucalyptus can be seen one of the freshly planted mimuluses. Here is another. The red Japanese maple standsContinue reading “A New Fashion Print”

The Last Of The Summer Wine?

As a break from working on the garden album, I took a wander around. In the front, the tiny clematis Campaniflora quivers in the breeze, festooning the shrubs outside the window. The sepals of this plant just about span my thumbnail. In the bed opposite lies perhaps autumn’s biggest surprise. Foxgloves, we understand, flower once,Continue reading “The Last Of The Summer Wine?”

Destruction Of Tulips

When I was ill earlier in the year, our friends Margery and Paul gave me a copy of ‘Winespeak’, Ronald Searle’s illustrated ‘Wicked World of Winetasting’. The author, a highly original artist, claims that ‘All the phrases in this little book have been plucked from unacknowledged but absolutely authentic sources’. Souvenir Press’s 1983 edition presents Searle’sContinue reading “Destruction Of Tulips”

Some Interesting Strands

I began the day with a wander around the garden in search of new flowers. It wasn’t difficult to find some not yet photographed. In the bottom right hand corner of the aerial photograph is a tree with fascinating variegated leaves that we have not yet identified. Above it, a rosa glauca has really benefitedContinue reading “Some Interesting Strands”

Painted Into A Corner

While we have been working on the main garden, the back drive has taken advantage of our negligence, and become rather out of hand. Jackie has decided that, far preferable to getting down on her hands and knees to weed it, she will apply a weedkiller. Since this area is the size of a large town backContinue reading “Painted Into A Corner”