Gnomes Won’t Be Warned Off

While gardening this morning and photographing “Where’s Nugget?” (83), Jackie turned to admire her mushrooms and was amazed to find that warning off gnomes had been of no avail. This afternoon we jointly continued Jackie’s work on refurbishing the front garden. The Head Gardener weeded, pruned, and planted and I raked, swept, and added refuseContinue reading “Gnomes Won’t Be Warned Off”

Three Little Birds

With winds speeding upwards of 40 m.p.h. my major contribution today was to lay garden furniture on its back. Jackie spent the morning repotting plants that attracted what is now an entourage of two robins and a baby blackbird which, having been led to the larder by Nugget who also brought one of his offspring,Continue reading “Three Little Birds”

Continuing To Cater

This was another fine, but cool, day. As usual when Jackie stepped out of the stable door to fill the robin family’s breakfast tray Nugget appeared in the wisteria before she had opened the cereal jar. Soon after the Head Gardener had attended to her ever-multiplying avian infants we set out on what was plannedContinue reading “Continuing To Cater”

Meet Nugget Junior

This morning while gardening Jackie photographed rose Emily Gray, a highly scented rambler gracing the back drive border out of sight in this shot; clematis Doctor Ruppel climbing the weeping birch; a row of blue irises with the bonus of a yellow stowaway in the bag of bulbs; Nugget, and his son Junior, still notContinue reading “Meet Nugget Junior”

Whispering In The Wisteria

Late this afternoon I listened to the deceptively sweet trilling of a rival robin issuing war cries from a tree in the garden of No 5 Downton Lane whilst I stood in the Rose Garden photographing lemon yellow climber Summer Time; aptly named Altissimo glowing against the clear blue sky; Madame Alfred Carriere draped overContinue reading “Whispering In The Wisteria”

Social Distancing Is For The Birds (Too)

The thousands of people who crowded the UK parks and beaches over the weekend; and the London Underground yesterday, gave the Government no option but to send us into compulsory lockdown, which was announced and came into place with immediate effect last evening. Again this morning the tube trains were packed. All non-essential retail outletsContinue reading “Social Distancing Is For The Birds (Too)”

Where’s Mrs Nugget?

Jackie planted a clutch of primulas this morning. While she was at it she kept tabs on the winter flowering clematis Cirrhosa Freckles, and the mahonia that has grown into a tree. She observed an encounter between a snail and an owl; and admired the burgeoning Daphne Odorata Marginata and the Chilean lantern tree. ByContinue reading “Where’s Mrs Nugget?”

In The Rough

This morning we received an e-mail from our good blogging friend Lavinia Ross attaching a photograph of the cedar tree (Calocedrus decurrens) she has planted in remembrance of my son Michael. We are very touched by this. Jackie nipped out to photograph the evidence of last night’s sub-zero temperature. We have light frost on variousContinue reading “In The Rough”

A Quarrel Of Sparrows

Stealth bombers dominate our front garden feeders. Silently they crowd the seed provider, with a considerable amount of spillage cleared up by robin Ron for whom this particular container was provided, and larger birds like blackbirds and woodpigeons. The voracious field sparrows dart onto any vacant perch. They engage in fearsome face-offs. Spreading or violentlyContinue reading “A Quarrel Of Sparrows”

Waiting Their Turn

We have now watched half the episodes of The Crown Series 2. My general impression is unchanged. Much of the morning today was spent getting us back on line. The details are boring. On another dull day the birds made full use of the feeders. Sparrows tend to dominate in the front garden, although theyContinue reading “Waiting Their Turn”