Working On The Rose Garden

Today, the hottest day of the year, was fine and sunny. While Jackie swept, weeded, pruned, and watered the Rose Garden. (This picture is not an official “Where’s Nugget?”, but on reading the blog and doubly enlarging it The Head Gardener identified our familiar robin clearly silhouetted above the central bloom of clematis Warsaw NikeContinue reading “Working On The Rose Garden”

His Favourite Suet Pellets

More sunshine periodically penetrated the clouds today. Jackie spent much of the morning on general garden maintenance while I wandered around with a camera.¬†Apart from the rhododendrons in the two pictures above I focussed on two more flanking the Gazebo Path. Bees were very busy. One filled its yellow sacs while flitting from one bristlyContinue reading “His Favourite Suet Pellets”

The Ubiquitous Red Jacket

Jackie spent all this day of intermittent sunshine and clouds continuing her weeding and watering, mostly in the Rose Garden. I rendered minimal assistance while wandering round with a camera listening to the avian orchestral matins. More clematises are now blooming; Marie Boisselot blends with Erigeron cascading at her feet; one we cannot name hasContinue reading “The Ubiquitous Red Jacket”

Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother

Early this morning I received a FaceTime call from Malachi in Fremantle. Trying to keep up with an 11 year old who was playing Lexulous, chatting with both voice and text, and teaching me various applications simultaneously is testing indeed. All coming at a rate of knots, you understand. One application involved ‘effects’. These canContinue reading “Orlaigh And Her Rabbit – Er, Brother”

Hot Gardening

At different times in this very hot day I have shared watering duties with the Head Gardener and carried some of her refuse to the compost bins. Jackie has continued potting and tidying. When possible she sits and lifts the containers on any available surface. The wisteria draped over its arbour here offers her aContinue reading “Hot Gardening”

Redundant

The Head Gardener has renamed what I have been calling the Kitchen Bed because it runs alongside that room. It has become the Pond Bed because it sprawls across a sunken pond filled in by our predecessors. At the western corner stands the frog pond created from an old cistern; at the eastern end theContinue reading “Redundant”

Negotiating The Levels

Today’s weather was dull, dry, and warm. This afternoon we ventured into the forest, finding ourselves in MacPenny’s Garden Centre where Jackie shopped for a climbing hydrangea and sat in the car with her puzzles while I wandered around the open garden. Offering free access all the year round with proceeds of donations dedicated toContinue reading “Negotiating The Levels”

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”

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”

Pruning

Aaron’s main task this morning was taking shrubs in hand. He began with the camellia beside the Dead End Path. He pruned lower branches to lift the plant which has continued to bloom for at least two months. The prolific Compassion rose has persistently refused to drape the arch spanning this path. Our friend fromContinue reading “Pruning”