Hoverflies Can Stand The Heat

This afternoon seemed even too hot for bees. Jackie continued her garden maintenance work. My contribution included trimming the edges of the lawn, a modicum of dead heading, and acting as the Head Gardener’s bagman, to and fro the compost bins. We enjoyed, however, a host of hoverflies, seen here on For Your Eyes Only,Continue reading “Hoverflies Can Stand The Heat”

Early Morning Light

We began work in the garden early, because we knew it would be a hot day. In addition to all her general labours, Jackie spent much time scrubbing surfaces, such as the slippery decking, and pigeon poo on chairs and benches. My task was a certain amount of dead heading and feeding of the compostContinue reading “Early Morning Light”

Flies Are Now In Season

On another warm, humid, and largely overcast morning garden maintenance was continued. Jackie mostly concentrated on the Rose Garden, then produced her own gallery. It was the cricket on Absolutely Fabulous that sent her indoors for her camera. She also spotted a bee and a beetle on Rosa Gallica. Winchester Cathedral, For Your Eyes Only,Continue reading “Flies Are Now In Season”

Scents

On a sunny and mild morning I spent some time dead heading and transporting clippings to the compost bins. Jackie pruned and tidied the lawn area, keeping me supplied with bags of refuse. The eucalyptus has now been adorned with its pendant baskets. Nugget played his game in “Where’s Nugget?” (84) and (85). A clickContinue reading “Scents”

A Bit Harsh

On an overcast morning promising rain we set about clearing up from Jackie’s pruning and weeding of the last couple of days. My task was to gather up, chop to size, load the debris into trugs (how many times, WP, do I have to tell you this is not rugs – look it up), and,Continue reading “A Bit Harsh”

Wedding Day Bouquet

The wind picked up speed today; the rain kept away; sometimes the clouds allowed the sun to put in an appearance. While Jackie continued planting I carried out a token tidy and dead-heading diurnal poppies. Here the Head Gardener carries her camera because Nugget had dived into the hole she was digging so she leftContinue reading “Wedding Day Bouquet”

They Escaped The Secateurs

Jackie spent much of the day watering the garden; my major task was dead heading roses. Here is a gallery of some of those that escaped the secateurs: Each picture is labelled in the gallery which can be accessed by clicking on any image. This evening we dined on Jackie’s hot, spicy, pasta arrabbiata withContinue reading “They Escaped The Secateurs”

Compatriots

I wasn’t able to dead head all the roses today, although I carried out quite a long session with secateurs before my knees suggested that a rest might be in order. After taking one, it seemed likely that spent buds would not spoil any photographs, so I wandered around with the camera. Here are fourContinue reading “Compatriots”

Snatching Snoozes

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY ONE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT In ‘The Card Case’, I spoke of the client who had no money to pay my fee,Continue reading “Snatching Snoozes”

Wagons Ho!

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Beginning with roseraie de l’Hay, Jackie and I continued our work in the Rose Garden by bashing stakes into the ground and tying the stems to them. Brambles are very sneaky when they send their deep roots down beside roses. The worst of these, masquerading as ┬átheContinue reading “Wagons Ho!”