Through The Window

Another day of steady rain washing windswept windows; greasing patio paving; puddling paths; pearling maple branches; glazing garden views; dowsing patient sparrows; refreshing colourful camellias,   and pink prunus Autumnalis, ensured a day of Hardy reading and through-the-window photography. This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy chicken curry and savoury rice followed by baklavas with whichContinue reading “Through The Window”

Sweeping Up

Today Jackie was mostly refurbishing and tidying pots and hanging basket plantings. She has completed the Shady Path where all is now well, except for windburn on this white lobelia; and on this yellow tree peony whose healthy seed pods offer optimism for next year. Beyond this small triangular bed before the wisteria arbour MrsContinue reading “Sweeping Up”

It Wouldn’t Go Away

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED A glance at the sitting room floor this morning set me chasing shadows, there; across the kitchen table and floor; on the patio; along the Gazebo Path; beside the Cryptomeria Bed; across the grass; beside the outlet for the heating system steam; along the Head Gardener’s Walk,Continue reading “It Wouldn’t Go Away”

Poppy Does Watering

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. As we sat on the patio chairs with Aaron and his partner Leah, discussing the morning’s gardening, Poppy appeared in the kitchen doorway. Matthew soon followed, completing the pleasant surprise. Granny was soon enjoying a cuddle. Poppy pottered around playing with pebbles and a car given toContinue reading “Poppy Does Watering”

Mini Marathon Rewards

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Yesterday evening, apparently of its own accord, our front door opened and in walked a dog. Not to worry, it was Scooby, soon to be followed by Becky and Ian who had come to stay the night. As we sat around the kitchen table, lowering sunlight playedContinue reading “Mini Marathon Rewards”

Sleeping Beauty

TO ENLARGE IMAGES CLICK ON THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Today, I continued redistributing the gravel on the back drive. This involved shifting barrow loads of the material from one end to another, and raking them smooth. There is more to be done. Whilst I was there, I noticed, swaying in the breeze, the one FélicitéContinue reading “Sleeping Beauty”

Before And After: The Patio

Once more, wet and warm described the day’s weather. Although we have created a gravelled patio at the south end of the garden, there always was a designed one alongside the back of the house. This, in April 2014 was full of weeds and the surrounding areas were overgrown. Our project is a continuing one, soContinue reading “Before And After: The Patio”

Before And After: The Dead End Path

Becky’s August Birthday meal was twice postponed through illness, as was Ian’s earlier in October. Everyone was fit for Ian’s daughter Heather’s recent one. That is why we drove to Emsworth last night. As far as Becky was concerned, she was just going to Nicolino’s Italian restaurant across the road from their flat with HeatherContinue reading “Before And After: The Dead End Path”

Confusion For Flora And Fauna

Jackie continued with general garden maintenance today. Here she applies anti-vine weevil solution to all her many heucheras. As became clear last year, there is no defined boundary between us and the empty North Breeze next door. In particular, that at the front is concocted from self seeded trees, rotting planks of wood, and whatContinue reading “Confusion For Flora And Fauna”

Supporting Big Ben

Jackie and I began the day with a trip to Ferndene Farm shop for more gravel, for the patio corner and the path completed a couple of days ago that I am freshening up. We didn’t quite have enough for both, but I think you will get the picture. A few more flowers were plantedContinue reading “Supporting Big Ben”