The Head Gardener Was On Hand

Apparently yesterday’s weather was simply a precursor of Storm Dudley, due today. As the wind began to pick up this morning, we took a walk round the garden. I had begun with four views from overhead, the last two of which featured camellias, now quite abundant, and beginning to drop blooms to soften the gravelContinue reading “The Head Gardener Was On Hand”

Eggshells

Martin spent the morning tidying the back drive beds. He applied his painstaking effort to cutting back excessive growth and cleaning the brick edging. He chopped the refuse and added it to the compost. Two robins who we think are a grandson of Nugget and his female partner have been attracted by the work. LongerContinue reading “Eggshells”

Along The Lanes

The third Test Match between India and England finished very early on this, the second, day, giving me the opportunity to stop watching Channel 4 and for Jackie to take me on a forest drive after purchasing primulas and violas from Ferndene Farm Shop. She parked on an un-waterlogged section of the verges while IContinue reading “Along The Lanes”

Cutting Out The Middle Man?

Early this morning, Jackie photographed the first welcoming dawn we have experienced for a while. The sunshine lived up to its promise as I wandered around photographing clumps of cheerful snowdrops; bunches of daffodils including tete-a-tetes; bright cyclamen; a variety of abundant hellebores which retained raindrops; and prolific shrubs such as camellias and viburnum. ToContinue reading “Cutting Out The Middle Man?”

Late Afternoon Sun

An early end to the Test match and rain falling for most of the day prompted me to read eight more chapters of ‘Little Dorrit’, and consequently to scan eight more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations. ‘Mrs Sparkler began to wonder how long the master-mind meant to stay’ is another two page spread. ‘Lying inContinue reading “Late Afternoon Sun”

Finishing Touches

On another gloomy wet morning Jackie photographed a selection of our current garden blooms, some decorated with pearls of rainwater. Here we have sarcocca Hoskeriana, cyclamen, daffodil, iris reticulata Katharine Hodgkin, snowdrops, hellebore, camellia, daphne odorata marginata, and crocus. Barry, of New Forest Chimney Sweeping & Repairs, then visited to extend the downpipe across theContinue reading “Finishing Touches”

Nature’s Palettes

On a bright and sunny afternoon we drove to the Parish Church of St John the Baptist on Church Lane, Boldre, where we met Elizabeth for a wander round the cemetery. These two images are Jackie’s. She also pictured largely lichen-covered arboreal delights, and various gravestones and crosses, including the Burton family memorial to father,Continue reading “Nature’s Palettes”

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”