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”

She Powdered Her Face

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Today’s weather would have blessed any Summer’s day. It was warm and sunny, and Jackie and I raised a sweat as we continued weeding, planting, and lopping. I use ‘we’ loosely. I mainly tidied up after the real work. We transported the two full orange bags of cuttings toContinue reading “She Powdered Her Face”

The Head Gardener’s Hod Carrier

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Jackie continues weeding, clipping, planting, and replenishing soil. This involves a certain amount of popping out to a garden centre. Today, for example, she departed for some lime and returned with, in addition, a garden tray, a parasol, and the obligatory few plants. Here she was workingContinue reading “The Head Gardener’s Hod Carrier”

In The Garden Today

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. Among his other tasks this morning, Aaron finished weeding the original section of the Brick Path, and sprayed herbicide along the gravel of the Back Drive where an old gold iris has bloomed. Many plants, like this pansy-like mimulus, have happily self-seeded from last year, others like two mulleins threatening to dwarfContinue reading “In The Garden Today”

Before And After: The Oval Path And Elizabeth’s Bed

It was June 2014 by the time we began to tackle the southern end of the garden between what is now the rose garden and the back drive. We began with the Oval Path and made a start on Elizabeth’s bed. This is what confronted us on 5th June. We thought there must be a path inContinue reading “Before And After: The Oval Path And Elizabeth’s Bed”

Exhuming Queen Victoria

On a bright, sunny, morning I rambled around the garden, down the lane, along Roger’s footpath and back. From our patio can be seen a rhododendron, geranium palmatums, petunias, foxgloves, and fennel. The centre of the Phantom Path gives a view towards that shown above. We can also see that the clematis Star of India and anContinue reading “Exhuming Queen Victoria”

Flo Meets Auntie Walisa

In the garden this morning, bees, like this one on a viburnum, were up early; a climbing rose Altissimo, already in situ, on the border of the projected rose garden, when we arrived, thrives; as does the overwintered diascia (no, Mr. WordPress, not disco), aptly named Apple blossom; and a multitude of the more normallyContinue reading “Flo Meets Auntie Walisa”