Synchronised Grazing

This morning, while Jackie continued her general garden maintenance, including mowing the lawn, lulled by the gentle trill of birdsong and the tinkling trickle of water fountain, I enjoyed a dead heading session before wandering around with my camera. Roses receiving attention included a peach climber; pink Mum in a Million at two of herContinue reading “Synchronised Grazing”

For The Bees

Between stints in the garden today, which varied from overcast-gloom to sun-bright, I finished reading Chekhov’s engaging story entitled ‘Teacher of Literature” (1894). Essentially tracing the journey from childhood hardship to the consequences of unearned comfort the tale is told with human insight and with delightful bucolic descriptions. I will not reveal the changes inContinue reading “For The Bees”

A Christmas Rose

On a bright, sunny, and cool morning I wandered around the garden with the camera. Most of the camellia bushes are now in bloom, and even Shropshire Lad has hung on for Christmas. Sam, Holly, Malachi, and Orlaith phoned from Australia and Louisa, Errol, Jessica, and Imogen Facetimed from Nottingham. Louisa sent me a mobileContinue reading “A Christmas Rose”

Guns ‘N’ Roses

From our bedroom window we are still greeted in the morning by a scented pink climbing rose, sweet little solanum, and ripe crab apples so far eschewed by blackbirds; and from our en suite bathroom Paul’s Scarlet still soaring above the wisteria. While I up there taking these images I made several garden view photographs,Continue reading “Guns ‘N’ Roses”

Is It Really Autumn?

We began early this morning watering, dead heading, clearing debris and adding to the compost bins before attending Milford on Sea GP Surgery for flu jab appointments. A large number of patients were vaccinated smoothly at one minute intervals. We queued 2 metres apart for no time at all and were directed to our colour-codedContinue reading “Is It Really Autumn?”

Working From Home

On an even hotter day we began gardening very early, partly because our septic tank was emptied soon after 7.00 a.m. Our shared task was dead-heading. I carried a camera with me. I have noticed that butterflies like to bask on paving or gravel. Can you spot this Red Admiral? We now have quite aContinue reading “Working From Home”

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”

Absolutely Fabulous Cricket

The sun was permitted the occasional appearance from behind today’s cloud curtain. At mid morning, thinking she was attending to the Weeping Birch Bed, I ventured out for a stint of clearing up after the Head Gardener’ general maintenance efforts, and received something of a shock. Jackie had been diverted by the Rose Garden, uponContinue reading “Absolutely Fabulous Cricket”

Fresh Food

Today was cool and overcast. This afternoon I dead-headed the Rose Garden, then photographed some blooms that escaped the chop. These include Absolutely Fabulous, Ballerina, Gloriana, Deep Secret, Mamma Mia, Aloha, Lady Emma Hamilton, Special Anniversary, Crown Princess Margareta, and Shropshire Lad. Each is labelled in the gallery which may be accessed by clicking onContinue reading “Fresh Food”

Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric

Jackie continued refurbishing hanging baskets and containers such as those she is watering here. At the moment most of these involve cuttings she has preserved over the winter. We have heard today that garden centres are likely to open again next week, thus offering the opportunity for more variety – not that the Head GardenerContinue reading “Old Curtains Or Blackout Fabric”