“Where’s Elizabeth?” (1)

This was a day of intermittent steady rain and occasional sunshine. Jackie began, in the rain, by photographing her new planting in the Pond Bed. She plans to do this periodically to record its development. Shortly before lunchtime, Elizabeth arrived with her gardening kit, brought the sun with her, and set about weeding the HeadContinue reading ““Where’s Elizabeth?” (1)”

She Brought A Friend

This afternoon we visited Milford Pharmacy. Scaffolding was being erected in Island View Close; while bowls matches were under way at Milford Bowls Club, where an appropriate weather vane stands atop their flagpole. Perhaps a Southampton F. C. supporter lost his hat outside the club. We then drove to Pilley for the purpose of continuingContinue reading “She Brought A Friend”

Rampant Alliums

For some days now a pair of robins have approached the stable door at the back of the house, settled in the wisteria, and drunk from Waterboy’s shell. Another flits around the front garden, unwittingly taunting me through the window as I begin this draft. The couple are becoming interested in Jackie’s continuing clearance ofContinue reading “Rampant Alliums”

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”