Good Gardening Weather

Today, still cool, featured intermittent sunshine while cotton clouds pierced by cerulean patches sailed sedately overhead. We carried out the usual garden maintenance including watering, planting, pruning, and dead-heading. Jackie smiled when she first spied that I had come out to join her, but she didn’t see the camera hanging round my neck. I haveContinue reading “Good Gardening Weather”

Windburn

Today dawned dull and drizzle-wet. We ventured into the garden early – Jackie to inspect and, where possible, nullify the storm damage and I to empty refuse trugs then carry out some dead heading. Jackie had a chat with Nugget when he came to sample what she had dug up for him. He is ableContinue reading “Windburn”

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”

Lathyrus Latifolius Jewels

Such minimal bright light as we enjoyed today graced us early this morning. Thereafter our vision became more and more dingy. In order to provide me with as clear a view of the bird feeders as possible our friend from AP Maintenance cleaned our sand blasted windows. This is not the usual use of theContinue reading “Lathyrus Latifolius Jewels”

Tattered Beyond Recognition

We enjoyed another day of pleasantly temperate weather. Antirrhinums are blooming throughout the garden. Clematis Marie Boisselot, now entering the third age has applied a blue rinse to her naturally white locks; the stalwart Star of India shines less bright, yet it still graces the Gothic Arch opposite the red and white of Super ElfinContinue reading “Tattered Beyond Recognition”

The Watchers On The Shore

Today’s weather was once more clear, bright, sunny, and cooler. Bees continued collecting nectar throughout the garden. On my walk around I captured them on bidens, and on the more mature blooms of Festive Jewel. Crisp young examples of the latter await their turn at contributing to the queen’s larder. Tomatoes continue to ripen inContinue reading “The Watchers On The Shore”

Variations On A Game

Today winds were fresh; rain was absent; and the temperatures were cool. The verbena bonarensis attracted butterflies like this Comma; and this Small White, examples of which flitted everywhere, seeming to use white blooms as camouflage. Can you spot any one of these which will benefit from enlargement on accessing their gallery with a click?Continue reading “Variations On A Game”

Not For The Birds

This was a day of wind, rain, colder temperatures, coats, and central heating. A bit like Dunedin’s winter. During a brief period of lessening rain Jackie continued her work on securing sweet peas and other climbing plants; rehanging baskets; and setting other planters back on their perches. Here are some of the finished projects. TheContinue reading “Not For The Birds”

Say “Bye”

I woke later than usual this morning. As I passed our upstairs windows soon after 7 a.m. I spied Jackie standing with a camera at the far end of the garden. She was taking advantage of the early morning light, which was just as well for the first three images in particular. Titles, as usual,Continue reading “Say “Bye””