Clamouring For His Close-up

When I began my perambulation round the garden this morning Jackie observed that I was photographing similar subjects to her. She had taken her walk even earlier. We therefore each produced a gallery in changing light. This is Jackie’s set. The galleried images each bear identifying titles, some with further descriptions. Click on any imageContinue reading “Clamouring For His Close-up”

Cleared For Landing

Today the wind had dropped to “a fresh breeze” with sunny spells. We each enjoyed several sessions of gardening. Mine concentrated on dead-heading and clearing to compost. Naturally I carried my camera, photographing the reds and pinks of petunias, pelargoniums, hollyhocks; and roses Compassion, Open Arms, and that we call peach beside the patio. TheContinue reading “Cleared For Landing”

Windburn

Today dawned dull and drizzle-wet. We ventured into the garden early – Jackie to inspect and, where possible, nullify the storm damage and I to empty refuse trugs then carry out some dead heading. Jackie had a chat with Nugget when he came to sample what she had dug up for him. He is ableContinue reading “Windburn”

A Bit Harsh

On an overcast morning promising rain we set about clearing up from Jackie’s pruning and weeding of the last couple of days. My task was to gather up, chop to size, load the debris into trugs (how many times, WP, do I have to tell you this is not rugs – look it up), and,Continue reading “A Bit Harsh”

Gnomes Won’t Be Warned Off

While gardening this morning and photographing “Where’s Nugget?” (83), Jackie turned to admire her mushrooms and was amazed to find that warning off gnomes had been of no avail. This afternoon we jointly continued Jackie’s work on refurbishing the front garden. The Head Gardener weeded, pruned, and planted and I raked, swept, and added refuseContinue reading “Gnomes Won’t Be Warned Off”

“Where’s Mouse?”

While watching for an opportunity to photograph the field mouse yesterday, Jackie made a few more pictures. Seated beneath the wisteria she could see the Dragon Bed with its pelargoniums, geraniums, foxglove, and ivy; her favourite garden view; a baby blackbird, not yet having acquired fear; and a greenfinch screeching from the Weeping Birch. SheContinue reading ““Where’s Mouse?””

“Where’s Jackie?”

Jackie spent much of the day tending to her hanging baskets and other containers, while I wandered about dead-heading and picking up debris for the compost bin. I did, of course, have my camera handy. We have two new poppy varieties on display. One is Californian; the other I cannot name because it is aContinue reading ““Where’s Jackie?””

Whispering In The Wisteria

Late this afternoon I listened to the deceptively sweet trilling of a rival robin issuing war cries from a tree in the garden of No 5 Downton Lane whilst I stood in the Rose Garden photographing lemon yellow climber Summer Time; aptly named Altissimo glowing against the clear blue sky; Madame Alfred Carriere draped overContinue reading “Whispering In The Wisteria”

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”

Hot Gardening

At different times in this very hot day I have shared watering duties with the Head Gardener and carried some of her refuse to the compost bins. Jackie has continued potting and tidying. When possible she sits and lifts the containers on any available surface. The wisteria draped over its arbour here offers her aContinue reading “Hot Gardening”