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”

The Ubiquitous Red Jacket

Jackie spent all this day of intermittent sunshine and clouds continuing her weeding and watering, mostly in the Rose Garden. I rendered minimal assistance while wandering round with a camera listening to the avian orchestral matins. More clematises are now blooming; Marie Boisselot blends with Erigeron cascading at her feet; one we cannot name hasContinue reading “The Ubiquitous Red Jacket”

Hot Gardening

At different times in this very hot day I have shared watering duties with the Head Gardener and carried some of her refuse to the compost bins. Jackie has continued potting and tidying. When possible she sits and lifts the containers on any available surface. The wisteria draped over its arbour here offers her aContinue reading “Hot Gardening”

Survivors December 2019

Today was the third bright, sunny, and cold one in a row. Given that overnight temperatures are in the low minuses, I wandered around the garden to photograph some of the albeit somewhat poorly looking surviving flora. Two that seem to bloom continuously are the yellow bidens and the white solanums from last year. AContinue reading “Survivors December 2019”

The New Bed Is No Longer New

  On 31st July 2014 Jackie began transporting concrete slabs I had dug out of the projected rose garden to form a retaining wall for the one compost heap. By 9th March 2015 we had decided to move the compost and convert the heap, which had been left by our predecessors, into The New Bed.Continue reading “The New Bed Is No Longer New”

Protective Custody

Between watching recordings of the Rugby World Cup quarter final matches featuring Wales and France then Japan and South Africa, I wandered round the garden. When we arrived here five years ago a variegated myrtle bush that had grown to a tree was in the process of reverting, This meant that the two-toned cultivated leavesContinue reading “Protective Custody”

Sunburst

I wandered around the garden late this afternoon, pointing the camera almost at random. Here are the results. Don’t miss a couple of bees. The Puerto Rico dahlia provided a sympathetic sunburst. As usual, galleries will provide titles. This evening we dined at The Wheel Inn at Bowling Green. We both enjoyed tempura prawns andContinue reading “Sunburst”

The Evolution Of A Room

Today was hot enough for us to open doors and windows. One of these was the stable door. It is my fond imagining that a horse was once kept in what became the garage, which we converted to a utility room leading to a library, fronted by a boarded trellis bearing clematises, solanum, nasturtiums, petunias,Continue reading “The Evolution Of A Room”

First Donkey Foals

Jackie has not neglected the front garden in her clearing and planting of the last few days. This morning I gathered and bagged up her cuttings from the gravel path. Erigerons, day lilies, Hot Chocolate rose and fuchsia feature here. Clematises, nasturtiums, petunias, lobelias, and solanum currently bloom in front of the garage door. ThisContinue reading “First Donkey Foals”

Ferns Unfurling

This afternoon Jackie drove me to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea, where Peter cut my hair. We continued into the forest. This lane is one we traversed at North Ripley. From high ground near Linford we admired landscapes over farmland. Horses may be seen in some, and a stretch of hawthorn in another. TheContinue reading “Ferns Unfurling”