Spotlights

General garden maintenance this morning included Jackie’s replanting of the Iron Urn consisting of pansies underplanted with purple tulips, having replaced the root-bound soil; and much more clipping, chopping, and bagging of wayward shrubs. The winter pansies now blend well with the pale purple colchicums or autumn crocuses, phlox, and Japanese anemones while contrasting withContinue reading “Spotlights”

An Appeal For Help

This morning was wet and dull. Light rain glistened on the dimly lit garden foliage seen from the bedroom windows. After lunch the sun smiled down and spread a little joy. It was warm enough for Aaron to mow Mistletoe Cottage’s lawn wearing a T-shirt. I wandered around at ground level noting roses including PeachContinue reading “An Appeal For Help”

“Where’s Derrick?”

Knowing that the temperature would drop and the leaden canopy overhead become a leaky colander throughout the day, we held back Jackie’s sunlit images from yesterday afternoon. She had transformed this second footpath across the Rose Garden from a few days ago to this, having also re-fixed the windblown mirror to the back fence. The poppiesContinue reading ““Where’s Derrick?””

Gracing The Back Drive

The weather today was overcast and cold, but mostly dry. A wander round the garden seemed to be in order. The upstairs windows gave me a new perspective in which the rescued red Japanese maple gapes in awe across and above to the majestic copper beech; I could look down on the gazebo clematis; andContinue reading “Gracing The Back Drive”

A Virtual Tour

There follows the missing post from 15th January 2019 We will be without internet until the faulty router is repaired. This is because the loaned device does not work. Now that I know that EE was bought by BT in 2016, I understand why their customer care is on a par with that of theirContinue reading “A Virtual Tour”

Spot The Partridge

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK. While I lurked with a lens, Jackie continued, carefully, to cultivate the garden this morning. I had been struck by the trailContinue reading “Spot The Partridge”

Behind The Nottingham Castle Bench

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED After a day in our mother’s garden, I wandered around ours. Lamiums rise from the Dragon Bed, where the first of our rhododendrons is in full boom. Another of these rich red shrubs, in Margery’s Bed, can be seen on the grass patch side, beyond the pierisContinue reading “Behind The Nottingham Castle Bench”

An Enforced Eviction

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Early this morning the sun shone on the wall-bound wisteria aiming for the en suite bathroom. Lingering early raindrops rolled around the Diamond Jubilee tulips, onto which a thirsty fly dropped for a drink. Another rhododendron, leading the eye to the pieris on the grass, is beginning to bloom.Continue reading “An Enforced Eviction”

Interlopers

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. This morning we continued tidying the garden. The lovely daffodils occupying this old ginger jar have such long, slender, stems that they are unable to support their heavy heads in the garden. JackieContinue reading “Interlopers”

A Conundrum 2

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE IN GALLERIES. We took it easy today. Prompted by today’s post from thebikinggardener I wandered around the garden to see how our Hellebores are doing. Some way behind Geoff’s, ours are coming through. Many primulas have so far survived the winter. The shattered bitsContinue reading “A Conundrum 2”