Dad Minding The Babies

Yesterday I had featured the bigger picture of the garden. Today, with the diffused light that comes from overcast skies and is consequently much kinder to photographers I focussed largely on the individual blooms. As usual, the gallery contains individual titles. Yesterday a frantic flapping and sounds of a rapid departure from behind the ShadyContinue reading “Dad Minding The Babies”

From One Scent To Another

The usual division of labour applied to garden maintenance this searingly hot day, although Flo had worked until it was too long after dark to see, finishing the last of the compost and plants; and filling our score of watering cans. As soon as I had prised my nostrils from the scented rose bushes, hadContinue reading “From One Scent To Another”

June Delights

On a day that returned us to warmth and full sunshine, Jackie spent much of it examining her floral babies and stretching to care for them, while I mostly wandered in and out of the garden with my camera. We have a number of clematises; numerous roses; freshly blooming rhododendrons; and more welcome alliums. TheContinue reading “June Delights”

Planting And Paving

Here is the next ten of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, scanned yesterday: ‘No-one could have doubted their being twin brothers’ ‘ ‘My children, my defrauded, swindled, infants!’ cried Mr Kenwigs, pulling at the flaxen tail of his second daughter’ ‘A quiet, little frequented, retired spot, favourable to melancholy and contemplation’. You will usuallyContinue reading “Planting And Paving”

Starburst

Today’s weather was warm, sunny, and dry. Jackie drove us to Tyrell’s Ford Hotel where we enjoyed a reunion lunch with Helen, Shelly, and Ron. We all missed Bill, who was unwell. Jackie photographed her sisters and Ron. We all enjoyed the welcoming environment, the friendly service, and the excellent food. My choices were whitebaitContinue reading “Starburst”

The Roble Turnberry Bench

This morning we bit the bullet, unpacked, and assembled the new wooden Roble Turnberry bench. The last picture in this gallery shows what I look like when I have just straightened after an extended bending of my knees. As can be seen from the first of these seated pictures we took of each other, theContinue reading “The Roble Turnberry Bench”

First Out Of The Traps

A heavy slate canopy kept the light dull and the rain away today. Jackie continued her clearance work in the Pond Bed (so named because it has been laid out by our predecessors on the shallow base of a pond). She has cleared most of the invasive alliums and even enjoyed the pleasure of plantingContinue reading “First Out Of The Traps”

Derelict

Anyone who has followed my last two posts will know that I have been having a great deal of trouble gaining satisfaction from my bank. This morning I received another e-mail informing me that the “smart” form could not be actioned because there were some discrepancies in my answers. Back to the phone I returned.Continue reading “Derelict”

Is It Really Autumn?

We began early this morning watering, dead heading, clearing debris and adding to the compost bins before attending Milford on Sea GP Surgery for flu jab appointments. A large number of patients were vaccinated smoothly at one minute intervals. We queued 2 metres apart for no time at all and were directed to our colour-codedContinue reading “Is It Really Autumn?”