Clear Paths

Today remained hot-sticky-humid throughout with very little sunshine. This morning Jackie ironed the last bedsheet; this afternoon I pressed the last three shirts. The Head Gardener continued clearing, composting, and planting; while I applied myself to dead heading such as Mamma Mia, Crown Princess Margareta, and Absolutely Fabulous; and to gathering up heaps of clippings.Continue reading “Clear Paths”

Nurturing

Our good friend Carole has given me the perfect illustrated information on yesterday’s mare and foal colouring. I have added this to the post which now reads: https://derrickjknight.com/2021/07/08/my-little-snipper/ Warmed by this morning’s sunshine I completed my work on the front garden gravel path, and, ignoring a nesting sparrow’s warning cry, and scattering slithering woodlice seekingContinue reading “Nurturing”

I Closed The Book

On another warm overcast day of humid atmosphere brightened by the end of the morning, most of which Jackie spent in her customary garden maintenance – this time in the Rose Garden , where I joined her in bagging up and transporting to the compost bin some of her debris. I carried out more deadContinue reading “I Closed The Book”

June Delights

On a day that returned us to warmth and full sunshine, Jackie spent much of it examining her floral babies and stretching to care for them, while I mostly wandered in and out of the garden with my camera. We have a number of clematises; numerous roses; freshly blooming rhododendrons; and more welcome alliums. TheContinue reading “June Delights”

Planting And Paving

Here is the next ten of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, scanned yesterday: ‘No-one could have doubted their being twin brothers’ ‘ ‘My children, my defrauded, swindled, infants!’ cried Mr Kenwigs, pulling at the flaxen tail of his second daughter’ ‘A quiet, little frequented, retired spot, favourable to melancholy and contemplation’. You will usuallyContinue reading “Planting And Paving”

Across The Weeping Birch Bed

On another warm yet mostly dull day Jackie continued planting, including various pots, and mending the bed into which I fell beside the Heligan Path two days ago. She had been most concerned about the foxglove which, after she had extricated it from beneath my shoulder only lost a couple of leaves. I can nowContinue reading “Across The Weeping Birch Bed”

“Where’s Elizabeth?” (1)

This was a day of intermittent steady rain and occasional sunshine. Jackie began, in the rain, by photographing her new planting in the Pond Bed. She plans to do this periodically to record its development. Shortly before lunchtime, Elizabeth arrived with her gardening kit, brought the sun with her, and set about weeding the HeadContinue reading ““Where’s Elizabeth?” (1)”

English Bluebell Woods

Late yesterday afternoon we were both too knackered to clear up and put our tools away. The good news about today’s weather forecast is that we will be enjoying steady rain; the bad is that this will come with 60 miles per hour wind by the evening. This meant that we had to be outContinue reading “English Bluebell Woods”

Cheers Laurie And Clif

My contribution to Jackie’s general garden maintenance this morning was making a start on weeding the gravelled Gazebo path. I will need to consult with the Head Gardener about these forget-me-nots spilling under the iron wheels. Brick Paths will need to wait their turn; I am not looking forward to the Back Drive which IContinue reading “Cheers Laurie And Clif”

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”