A Stream Of Cyclists

Yesterday Jackie put in more work perfecting the Rose Garden clearance. The path leading to the white seat had been weeded by Flo. When she noticed the bag of recycling material outside our front door ripped open this morning with its contents distributed round the garden, Jackie wondered what had done this. After she clearedContinue reading “A Stream Of Cyclists”

South End Back In Order

Martin finished the work on and around the Oval Bed – pictured in progress and on completion. The Rose Garden has been rather neglected during the last week or so. Our friend just had time to shave the rampant red carpet rose and bag up the clippings before it was time for him to returnContinue reading “South End Back In Order”

The Garden At The Start Of July

Yesterday evening Jackie finished her work on the Lawn Bed. She also continued her general maintenance, such as the Weeping Birch Bed weeding and replanting, following Flo’s earlier work on the footpath. Early this morning Jackie and I transported the last of the garden refuse to the Efford Recycling Centre, after which we purchased threeContinue reading “The Garden At The Start Of July”

From One Scent To Another

The usual division of labour applied to garden maintenance this searingly hot day, although Flo had worked until it was too long after dark to see, finishing the last of the compost and plants; and filling our score of watering cans. As soon as I had prised my nostrils from the scented rose bushes, hadContinue reading “From One Scent To Another”

Where’s Martin?

Martin and Jackie spent several hours between them this morning weeding and clearing; I chipped in with some of each and mostly dead heading, largely concentrating on the Rose Garden, of which I wish I could convey the scents. After lunch I recorded the general scenes, as usual titled in the galleries. View east fromContinue reading “Where’s Martin?”

Becoming Tidier

Yesterday evening Flo had transferred one more wheelbarrow load of compost into the Rose Garden and another to the new raised bed at the end of the Back Drive. This morning Jackie spread one heap on the newly planted bed, and continued weeding the gravel path. The borders are beginning to bloom nicely. I beganContinue reading “Becoming Tidier”

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”