Sunny Periods

As the early morning sunshine made way for the later gloom I assisted the Head Gardener in some tidying of the garden whilst also recording the current state of affairs. Along with various views I photographed dahlias, fuchsias, clematises, roses, nicotiana, leaves of Weeping Birch and Virginia creeper, asters, a bee, and begonias. Clicking onContinue reading “Sunny Periods”

Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?

The light this morning was dull when I took a walk around the garden. It looks to me as if WordPress have changed my gallery image sizes as they did yesterday. This will mean that nothing can be enlarged. I am also uncertain whether the galleries can be accessed at all. Should either of theseContinue reading “Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?”

Sparkling Jewels

Today dawned bright and sunny. Taking her camera with her, Jackie photographed the garden, glistening after yesterday’s rain. I joined her after a while, adding a few images of my own. We have merged our results. Raindrops bejewelled individual blooms, and sunshine brightened every view. While Jackie was working on the lawn, Nugget did, ofContinue reading “Sparkling Jewels”

Silent Companions

Today the light was dull; the weather warm and dry. This afternoon we visited Ferndene Farm shop to buy pork for tonight’s dinner. I joined a young lady happily photographing chickens on her phone. We had noticed that she had chosen a good vantage point. It was a matter of seconds before I discovered thatContinue reading “Silent Companions”

The Best Cricket Of The Day

Jackie photographed nicotiana and petunias on her way to the Rose Garden, where she attempted to don the Festive Jewel. Nugget is beginning to fly into the trees and shout his warning message to what we think is a distant emerging territorial rival. “Where’s Nugget?” (7a) in this picture, taken when he dropped down toContinue reading “The Best Cricket Of The Day”

Recovery

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED As the wind has dropped and the temperature soared, we now enter into a heatwave. The recovery work in the garden is under way. Clearing fallen branches, staking up plants, watering, and dead-heading were the order of the day. Jackie staked up the nicotiana in the PalmContinue reading “Recovery”

Havoc

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT AS REQUIRED. Gusting 50+ miles per hour winds wreaked havoc overnight and today. They are due to continue until tomorrow morning. Pots and chairs, even the new heavy wooden ones, were blown down, and the taller plants, such as the nicotiana staked up a few days ago,  were bentContinue reading “Havoc”

The Death Of The Heart

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENHANCE. REPET IF REQUIRED Today, I have been mostly watering plants. Nicotiana now soars aloft. Several of our clematises, such as Diversifolia Hendersonii and Queen Mother in the front garden, and Duchess of Albany on the Rose Garden pergola bear hats of invisible pixies frolicking and turning somersaults in the sunshine. This lily hasContinue reading “The Death Of The Heart”

A Cracking Match

This morning’s task was to dig a pit I had chickened out of last night. This was for the lace-cap hydrangea alongside the orange shed. Beneath about two inches of poor soil lay an impacted heap of rubble. With pick-axe, fork, and spade, I managed to get through what we hope is enough of itContinue reading “A Cracking Match”

Up Close And Personal

On a largely overcast and humid morning I took an amble down to Roger’s footpath and back. Parsley and fennel are now flowering in the bed opposite the kitchen window. White nicotiana spreads its scent across the patio. The Absolutely Fabulous rose now bears numerous fresh flowers. Violas suspended from the entrance arch to theContinue reading “Up Close And Personal”