Avian Courtship

Jackie spent this, the hottest afternoon of the week, continuing her work of tidying and planting the garden, I spent some time collecting up debris for the compost bin and sweeping paths like those named Brick and Gazebo.   The strong sweet scent of the swinging wisteria penetrates the closed stable door during the evenings.Continue reading “Avian Courtship”

Not Quite Mid-May

Today’s tour of the garden began with clematis Marie Boisselot in the Kitchen Bed which also contains an as yet small wisteria, clusters of ferns, Japanese maples, the now ubiquitous erigeron, and self seeded bronze fennel which will have to go when it outgrows it’s welcome. Other clematises include Niobe, now rivalling the fading wisteriaContinue reading “Not Quite Mid-May”

A Year For Honesty

Today the weather was fairly gloomy. Early rain gave way to overcast clouds and oppressive warmth. Our own garden seemed the best venue. Bees, nevertheless, were busy plundering the amanogawa cherry now in full bloom. Tulips, which, until now have kept their collars tightly buttoned, are beginning to think about loosening their ties. Avian courtingContinue reading “A Year For Honesty”

No Passenger Seat Was Vacated

This morning Jackie drove me to the GP surgery in Milford on Sea where I was relieved to learn that my lingering symptoms are probably due to stress – I can certainly agree with that, and just continue to take it easy. This afternoon my Chauffeuse took me on a trip to the north ofContinue reading “No Passenger Seat Was Vacated”

The Bit Between Her Teeth

Each morning at dawn, as I work on my laptop, I watch pigeons sizing each other up on the telephone cables, or atop the blighted oak on the opposite side of Christchurch Road. Later in the morning, Jackie walked into the garden to bring back photographs of her cyclamens lining the Head Gardener’s Walk. HavingContinue reading “The Bit Between Her Teeth”

Pigeon Posts

The Head Gardener has become less enamoured of our Lucky pheasant who has clearly taken up permanent residence. Unfortunately, he tends to redistribute her careful placement of shells and peck new shoots off her heucheras. She now tends to attempt to persuade him to depart. He is, however, very smart. Yesterday he led Aaron aContinue reading “Pigeon Posts”

I’ll Give You A Clue

CLICK ON LONDON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. CLICKING ANY GARDEN PICTURE ¬†ACCESSES THE GALLERY, EACH ONE OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. Today the sun slunk back behind the newly whitewashed ceiling from which occasional leaks did spring. In July 2005 the weatherContinue reading “I’ll Give You A Clue”

Modelling Daphne’s Dress

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. My 75th birthday was very pleasurable. Matthew, Tess, and Poppy woke up here in the morning, and Shelley and Ron, ¬†Becky and Ian visited in the afternoon. We all sat in the garden after lunch. The first present I opened was from Poppy, who had chosen it.Continue reading “Modelling Daphne’s Dress”

Natural Monochrome

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE CLUSTERS TO ACCESS THE GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. SIMPLY CLICK ON THE SINGLE SHOT AND REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Anyone having followed the broadband connection saga will no doubt share my delight in the fact that this morning I uploaded the ten following pictures in five minutes.Continue reading “Natural Monochrome”

Lunch On The Green

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Before we leave for New Milton for my London lunch trips, Jackie always asks me if I’ve got ‘all (my) bits’ with me. One was missing this morning. It was my mobile phone. A search among all the usual places revealed nothing. Jackie rang the number severalContinue reading “Lunch On The Green”