Back Gardening

Yesterday evening we watched the second episode of series 3 of The Crown, which contained more scenes and dialogue stretching credulity/ Opposite the field occupied by our gimlet-eyed equine friend on South Sway Lane are heaped bags of free horse manure. We brought one back on 20th and I tipped it out onto the mostContinue reading “Back Gardening”

“Did Someone Mention Carrots?”

Although Dennis kept the wind up throughout the night and the morning, the rain desisted and some of the rainwater subsided. The swirling skirts of the weeping birch gave testimony to the strong breezes. Aaron had cleared up much of the garden debris yesterday, and no further untidiness manifested itself. Daffodils, snowdrops, camellias, and more,Continue reading ““Did Someone Mention Carrots?””

Comparatively Unscathed

Jackie produced a few photographs of dawn this morning. Although the skies would darken with rain squalls and the windspeed increase at intervals after lunch the morning was brighter and the speed 45 m.p.h. I toured the garden investigating what turned out to be very little damage. The patio planters in front of the FrenchContinue reading “Comparatively Unscathed”

The Still Before The Storm

This morning, fearing for the garden during the very heavy storm we are due to experience tomorrow, Jackie wandered around our plot with her camera in order to record such an unusual array of blooms for this time of the year. First, she had to pander to Nugget who was convinced that his fans wouldContinue reading “The Still Before The Storm”

Raindrops

It was a shame that we were only due sunshine and lack of rain this morning, because I needed to be at home for the Openreach engineer engaged by BT. I won’t dwell on this, but, although the man turned up on time the problem is not resolved. It didn’t help that he hadn’t beenContinue reading “Raindrops”

A Bracken Ribbon

This morning we shopped at Everton nurseries for composts, seeds, bulbs, and some potted primulas; then drove on into the forest. Sunlit landscapes were in sharp contrast to yesterday’s murky views. These were seen from Lower Sandy Down, one of our narrow undulating winding lanes where we would not relish meeting oncoming traffic careering downContinue reading “A Bracken Ribbon”

Backing Up

Knowing that we were to expect further stormy weather today, Jackie helpfully took her camera into the garden at dusk yesterday and photographed primulas, cyclamens, bergenia, hellebores, camellias, clematis cirrhosa Freckles, a pelargonium, a mahonia with accompanying New Zealand flax, snowdrops, and Daphne odorata marginata all in bloom. The Generous Gardener rose set to climbContinue reading “Backing Up”

Misty Morning

Having slept much of yesterday, my head was much clearer today, although I was still rather wobbly. However, I did manage couple of short walks in the garden. The first was before the sun emerged. Cars drove with headlights on Christchurch Road; grey skies hung over the garden; yet I was still able to findContinue reading “Misty Morning”

Walking Better

This morning I reduced the codeine element of my pain relief and toured the garden with my camera. I was walking better as I wandered around making these images. Much of the rest of the morning was occupied with mutually supportive family telephone conversations. This afternoon we took a drive into the forest. A chestnutContinue reading “Walking Better”

Proliferated In The Last Month

On this fine spring morning we took a trip to Mudeford. Gulls lined up to welcome us as Jackie drove towards the quay. A pair of serene cygnets sailed across the calm harbour, while a hunched egret tried to pass itself off as a gull. Currents meeting on the open sea created spray-tipped turbulence towardsContinue reading “Proliferated In The Last Month”