More Rain

Today was dank, gloomy, and oppressed by leaden skies so lethargic as to lack energy for anything more than a slow, steady, seeping of limpid liquid. Indeed the drizzle was so thin that it was only by observing the bejewelled plants that, from indoors, at times we could not be sure that it was stillContinue reading “More Rain”

A Few Drops

This morning we enjoyed our first visit to Mum at Woodpeckers since the beginning of coronavirus lockdown. Limited to half hour pre-booked, after our temperatures had been taken, our hands sanitised, and safety questionnaires completed, we were able to converse through a screen, without masks. We didn’t enter the building, but were led round theContinue reading “A Few Drops”

Like Joyce’s Wet Bed

Early this sultry morning, before setting off to meet her sisters for lunch, Jackie carried out necessary garden irrigation which I continued after enjoying the lunch she had left prepared for me. After giving pots a fresh-water- and myself a sudorific-drenching I proceeded to a little dead heading that I had failed to ignore. Aaron,Continue reading “Like Joyce’s Wet Bed”

Ella And The Ladybirds

Strong winds howled throughout the night, and did not abate until midday – then only temporarily. A warm sun put in intermittent appearances. Among Aaron’s tasks was weeding the Back Drive. “Where’s Aaron?” (10). Bigification might help with this one. Here are the results of my garden photoshoot. “Where’s Jackie?” (4) is the picture containingContinue reading “Ella And The Ladybirds”

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”

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”

Continuing To Cater

This was another fine, but cool, day. As usual when Jackie stepped out of the stable door to fill the robin family’s breakfast tray Nugget appeared in the wisteria before she had opened the cereal jar. Soon after the Head Gardener had attended to her ever-multiplying avian infants we set out on what was plannedContinue reading “Continuing To Cater”

Soil Replenishment

So often when Jackie pops out for a spell of planting she spends all day, first diverting herself with bed clearance and soil replenishment. This is what happened today, especially as the weather was mild and sunny. The New Bed has become rather full lately, so to plant new bulbs required the process outlined above.Continue reading “Soil Replenishment”

Almost Too Quick

Heavy rain this morning gave way to bright, sunny, spells; in one of which I photographed some raindrops on roses, dahlia Puerto Rico, a begonia, a pelargonium, fuchias, and penstemons. Japanese anemones had managed to stay dry. It didn’t take Nugget long to join in, and he was almost too quick for “Where’s Nugget?” (29)Continue reading “Almost Too Quick”

A Walk Round The Garden

The sun emerged quite late today. After I had opened the gate for Aaron. These are a few shots I took on the way there and back. As usual accessing these two galleries with clicks will access titles. Much of the rest of the day was spent listening to the Ashes Test Match. This eveningContinue reading “A Walk Round The Garden”