A Double Lily

This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/08/16/a-knights-tale-17-the-young-girl-actually-accepted-it/ Later, I joined Jackie in the Rose Garden where she rearranged plants and watered, while I dead headed. Until the Head Gardener restrained her, Lady Hamilton spread herself about a bit. She has been tethered since I made these pictures as I noticed when, later, we enjoyed evening drinks besideContinue reading “A Double Lily”

Around The Beds

We have concentrated so much on paths recently that, on a bright and sunny morning, I decided to take a tour around the beds. Each of these pictures bears a title in the gallery. The only editing has been a little slight cropping. I trust the Head Gardener will forgive the occasional inclusion of aContinue reading “Around The Beds”

Benches

I have now read two more of The Folio Society’s 1974 selection of Short Stories by Anton Chekhov. The first, which is not illustrated with a drawing by Nigel Lambourne, is ‘The Cross of Anna’. As Elisaveta Fen, the translator, writes ‘It is essentially a story of the destruction of innocence and the folly ofContinue reading “Benches”

I Hoped Not

Given the forecast (accurate) of the very hot day we gardened in the morning. My contribution was weeding the central brick paving of the Rose Garden, where, later, Jackie took a break sitting in the shade. This afternoon my Chauffeuse drove me into the forest. A parliament of rooks was held beneath a dead treeContinue reading “I Hoped Not”

Still Tagging Along

Work continued on the Rose Garden this morning. We used a metal mallet to straighten the legs of the recent acquired rusty obelisks and hammer them into position. More fallen leaves from the copper beech tree were swept, gathered up with big hands, and deposited into black bags in bin subsequently transferred to the compostContinue reading “Still Tagging Along”

Resisting The Elements

Knowing that we were to expect another leaden afternoon of rain Jackie spent a couple of hours in the garden setting gale damage to rights. I joined her and transported some refuse to the compost while chronicling the event. This was before we visited Mum in Woodpeckers. Our mother, sporting another of her best outfitsContinue reading “Resisting The Elements”

A Clutch Of Clematis

Today was once more hot, humid, and overcast. This morning I printed a copy of my recent photograph of Aaron for his parents. His A.P. Maintenance tasks included the repair of the door of the Orange Shed which had managed to beat the shed itself to collapsing; and to level the uneven, sagging, brick footpathContinue reading “A Clutch Of Clematis”

Night And Day

Last night before bed Jackie wandered around the garden with her camera and produced this set of images. This morning we worked together in the Rose Garden. Jackie swept, weeded, and refurbished the pots that had contained tulips earlier in the year. In the first of these pictures she points out to Nugget some tastyContinue reading “Night And Day”

“Three!?”

Needless to say, the BT e-mail problem that, four days ago, I had been promised would be resolved within 72 hours was not. I therefore spent an hour on the phone this morning, first with an advisor in Belfast, then with one in Cardiff. I won’t bore you with the details, save to say thatContinue reading ““Three!?””

All Neat And Tidy

On another warm and sunny day Jackie continued the refurbishment of the Westbrook Arbour begun yesterday. Apart from recording the event and carrying out a little dead-heading of Welsh poppies I cleared up some of Jackie’s weeding and pruning which I added to the compost, being careful not to cover Félicité Perpétue, the splendid climberContinue reading “All Neat And Tidy”