Ella And The Ladybirds

Strong winds howled throughout the night, and did not abate until midday – then only temporarily. A warm sun put in intermittent appearances. Among Aaron’s tasks was weeding the Back Drive. “Where’s Aaron?” (10). Bigification might help with this one. Here are the results of my garden photoshoot. “Where’s Jackie?” (4) is the picture containingContinue reading “Ella And The Ladybirds”

Ali Baba

When I walked down the garden to open the back gate for Aaron this morning the early sun peeped over the eastern fence, its light licking the jeweling of last night’s rain still glittering on the plants. The bees were working away. Wedding Day festooning the Agriframes Arch approved of the Penny Lane bouquet adorningContinue reading “Ali Baba”

In A Flap

As I walked down to the Back gate to open it for Aaron early this morning I passed the delicate pastel shades of Penny Lane which will have a powerful fragrance later in the day; oriental poppies which have stubbornly clung to some petals despite the recent gales; abundant Félicité Perpétue draped over a deadContinue reading “In A Flap”

Fireworks

The sun today made fleeting, peeping, appearances in the garden. These elegant, slender, gladioli are proliferating outside the kitchen door; as does clematis Marie Boisselot in-urned in the Kitchen Bed alongside a deep red peony, single petalled examples of which stand in the Dragon Bed. Other clematises include Niobe on the corner of the kitchenContinue reading “Fireworks”

Down The Garden

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY OF THOSE IN GROUPS WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT As it began to rain whilst they were finishing the painting yesterday, Clare and Andrew hadContinue reading “Down The Garden”

The End Of British Summer Time

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Aaron was so pleased with our John Cook sculpture of him that he asked for a photograph. Naturally I printed him a copy of each of those that appeared in ‘A Particularly Strong Clue’. Among other tasks today, he strengthened the new recycled gates arbour, under whichContinue reading “The End Of British Summer Time”

New Roses

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This has been a day of varied activities. This morning involved various administrative phone calls; a trip to Lymington to confirm the order and pay for Jackie’s new laptop; and a drive among the lanes around Sway. Other road users somewhat impeding our leisurely progress included aContinue reading “New Roses”

Compassion Recovered

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Apart from the collapse of the Compassion rose arch, the recent storms have treated us with respect. The clematis and solanum have remained attached to the dead tree. Orange crocosmia still stands at the potting shed entrance to the Rose Garden, while yellow and orange thrive harmoniouslyContinue reading “Compassion Recovered”

Can It Be Mid-October?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. The lingering virus from which we have now recovered has really rather reduced gardening for a month. Today, I wandered around on a survey mission, and was pleasantly impressed. The grass could do with cutting, but there is also colour in abundance. Dahlias we would expect; and chrysanthemums; butContinue reading “Can It Be Mid-October?”

Focus On The Back Drive

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. While Jackie continued her creative magic in the garden, and between televised tennis sessions, I wandered around admiring the fruits of her labours, and, of course photographing them. We have a number of different day lilies; and the first water lily has now bloomed on the tinyContinue reading “Focus On The Back Drive”