No Longer In The Shade

Once again we struggled in unaccustomed heat to thin out the rampant wisteria, and compost and bag up the clippings. Jackie did most of the pruning and photographed the process before and after her efforts. As she said, she was no longer working in the shade. Although the bulk of the composting and bagging fellContinue reading “No Longer In The Shade”

The Race Was On

On this further dully overcast and windy morning we virtually finished the front garden pruning. I photographed a few hanging baskets in the rest of this area, involving bacopas, lobelias, diascia, begonias, petunias, pelargoniums, and gladiolus. These have all regenerated well after the recent heavy winds. Here are the bags of woody clippings which weContinue reading “The Race Was On”

Pruning Progress

As a measure of yesterday’s sunlight, Jackie photographed some solar lights at 11 p.m. last night. This morning she continued her determined decimation of the front garden shrubbery. After lunch we both chopped and bagged up the debris. Unfortunately, refreshing as they were, the fat raindrops that dribbled through the afternoon cloud cover were insufficientContinue reading “Pruning Progress”

Protective Pruning

This morning dawned bright and comparatively cold, but work in the Rose Garden could still be carried out in shirt sleeves. Here Jackie prunes Mama Mia which had already been trimmed a short while ago. These photographs  show the new shoots persisting – but they had to go before winter winds rocked the stems and loosenedContinue reading “Protective Pruning”

Giving A Hand

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX TO BOTTOM RIGHT. Just before lunch today, Jackie and I arrived at Mum’s home in West End where we joined Mum and Elizabeth. Jackie had packed a plentiful picnicContinue reading “Giving A Hand”

The Kitchen Garden

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE CLUSTER TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERY Here is another look  at our existing kitchen. The section alongside the hobs is effectively the Culinary Queen’s current work surface. As shown in ‘Before The Makeover 1’ the oven, microwave, and fan occupy the other side of the small area at the back.Continue reading “The Kitchen Garden”

A.P. Maintenance

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. In the garden this morning, envious of the attention given to the daffodils yesterday, many other plants clamoured to be photographed. Readers may have noticed a hyacinth lurking among the daffodils.Continue reading “A.P. Maintenance”

More Than It Could Chew?

It was yet another unseasonably hot day. I cleared up after last night’s fire. It had become dark before I was able to finish the exercise. I gathered up the unburnt branches, chopped them up small, and piled them beside the incinerator which has taken the place of the two old wheelbarrows. The rusty metalContinue reading “More Than It Could Chew?”

Colemanballs

Seeking to provide The Head Gardener with a pleasant surprise when she returned from an early morning trip to Ferndene Farm shop, allegedly to buy more compost, I decided to take down more of the tree which, in our gusting winds, is wrecking the red rose on the pergola outside the stable door. Jackie hasContinue reading “Colemanballs”