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”

Not Quite Mid-May

Today’s tour of the garden began with clematis Marie Boisselot in the Kitchen Bed which also contains an as yet small wisteria, clusters of ferns, Japanese maples, the now ubiquitous erigeron, and self seeded bronze fennel which will have to go when it outgrows it’s welcome. Other clematises include Niobe, now rivalling the fading wisteriaContinue reading “Not Quite Mid-May”

Sparrows To The Right Of Us, Sparrows To The Left Of Us

IMAGES MAY BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK THAT CAN BE REPEATED This afternoon I wandered around the garden seeking flowers I may not yet have featured this year. These lilies have just popped in a patio planter. The agapanthuses in the Palm Bed again stretch across the Gazebo Path. They stand alongside these Rudbeckia andContinue reading “Sparrows To The Right Of Us, Sparrows To The Left Of Us”

“Just Like Daddy’s”

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. This morning I became a veritable barber in a dead-heading spree. I began with the prolific Japanese anemones in the front garden. As I look out of my sitting room window each morning, I think of that excellent blogging poet¬†Pleasant Street,¬†who commented recently that she preferred toContinue reading ““Just Like Daddy’s””

In The May Garden (2)

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 May Garden (2)”

The Dump Can Wait

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN PAIRS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. Much of today was spent planting roses, tidying beds, and pruning and lopping trees and overgrown shrubs. I cleared up Jackie’s maple cuttings from yesterday, then concentrated on theContinue reading “The Dump Can Wait”