Redundant

The Head Gardener has renamed what I have been calling the Kitchen Bed because it runs alongside that room. It has become the Pond Bed because it sprawls across a sunken pond filled in by our predecessors. At the western corner stands the frog pond created from an old cistern; at the eastern end theContinue reading “Redundant”

“Some Wet Things”

Throughout the day the promised rain fell steadily. Early this evening we experienced a power cut for a couple of hours. The meat was in the oven; nothing worked; because of lockdown no alternative eating establishments were open; I had not prepared a post. Fortunately the Culinary Queen had stocked up yesterday on salads andContinue reading ““Some Wet Things””

The Head Gardener’s Photoshoot

We had fun this morning helping Louisa – on the telephone, of course – to provide clues for an Easter Egg Hunt for Jessica and Imogen. Jackie came up with one of the best: ‘Toying with this clue will shed light on the answer’ would lead them to the toy shed in the garden. BecauseContinue reading “The Head Gardener’s Photoshoot”

Passing Pedestrian Pairs

On another hot, sunny, day I took a stroll around the garden, passing the Dead End Path; the Heligan Path; the Rose Garden; the Palm Bed: and the Cryptomeria Bed – where’s Jackie in this shot?. Jackie weeded, planted, and generally tidied, including rearranging pots to her liking. She photographed some of these herself. andContinue reading “Passing Pedestrian Pairs”

A Sad Sign Of The Times

Jackie had a reasonably smooth shop this morning, after which she worked in the garden until the temperature became too hot. The Co-op was selling bedding plants, some of which she naturally bought, although she will have need of all her pelargonium cuttings in the greenhouse. After lunch I took a tour with my cameraContinue reading “A Sad Sign Of The Times”

In The Night Garden

Following the call of the moon last night Jackie took her camera into the garden to photograph its light; she moved on to sculptures Florence and her Owl She worked on the garden during the day, beginning with lining up tubs of tulips on the patio, showing  those in the process of uncurling alongside earlierContinue reading “In The Night Garden”

A Fan Of Harry Potter

On another fine spring morning I took a walk to Shorefield Country Park and back. Before arriving at the end of the back drive I photographed a few tulips and bunches of daffodils. A cerulean Christchurch Bay could be seen from the entrance to Roger Cobb’s top field on Downton Lane. Further down the road,Continue reading “A Fan Of Harry Potter”

The Oval Bed Today

The earlier third of the day was overcast but warm. On my way through the garden to set out on a walk down Downton Lane I photographed several newly opened tulips, one of which bore a sleepy bee. Even 30 m.p.h. on our eponymous winding lane is probably too fast at any time, yet itContinue reading “The Oval Bed Today”

Sunshine And Shirtsleeves

Today was one of sunshine and shirtsleeves. While Jackie worked on the Oval Bed I carried a few trugs of refuse to the compost bin, and a few cans of water to the Head Gardener. It may seem hard to believe that the plants need watering at the moment, but we have not received rain forContinue reading “Sunshine And Shirtsleeves”

Compost Soup

There is now some confusion about whether it is acceptable here to drive to an exercise location. Today I confined myself to our garden and the footpath across Roger Cobb’s farm on Downton Lane. This was once a regular walk – before my knee surgeries. In the garden more tulips are opening and daffodils continueContinue reading “Compost Soup”