To Feather The Nest

Jackie and I drove to Abbotsfield Garden in Bennett’s Lane, Burley, which was open under the National Gardens Scheme, where private gardens are open to the public. Each of these pictures is titled in the gallery. Jackie photographed me while I was going around with my camera and she was seated with cake at aContinue reading “To Feather The Nest”

Swarms Of Moths

This morning I stepped out in the very warm sunshine with my camera. In the front garden the crab apple blossoms and the first of the libertia are blooming; the Amanogawa cherry reaches above the eaves; and some of our cyclamen still flower. The yellow and red tulips in the patio bed which have takenContinue reading “Swarms Of Moths”

Plants Carry On Regardless

Ian from Cleansing Services Group emptied our septic tank this morning. As always, he got on with it without our interference. This afternoon I ventured into the garden to discover what had been occurring whilst I have been holed up indoors. Very brisk north east winds sped fluffy clouds along helping the sun to putContinue reading “Plants Carry On Regardless”

Blooming Today

On another bright, cold, morning I nipped upstairs to photograph from above Florence continuing her general clearing of the garden beds. After lunch I focussed on a few flowers, including Amanogawa cherry; varieties of cyclamen, of daffodils, of camellias, of tulips; smiling pansies; a sunlit hellebore; a hanging fritillary; and a sweetly scented Daphne OdorataContinue reading “Blooming Today”

Definitely Spring

On this warm and sunny day Jackie unwrapped the wooden patio chairs and we set them in place; Flo continued her work in the garden, clearing twigs and leaves of cordyline Australis and setting about burning them; I wandered around with a camera. Jackie and I took a forest drive after lunch while the othersContinue reading “Definitely Spring”

Water Feature In Situ

This morning I scanned the next half dozen of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’. In ‘Even her weeping and her sobs were stifled by her clinging round him’ her dress flows like her tears. Dickens’s description of the attendant, complete with whiskers, is faithfully depicted by Keeping in ‘Mrs Prig began toContinue reading “Water Feature In Situ”

The Hunt Is On

Before the family arrived, Jackie planted eggs, and I swept the paths. Soon after Danni, Andy, and Ella arrived this morning we were joined by Elizabeth. As an indication of how long it has been since they were last able to visit, our niece and nephew-in-law brought their Christmas present to us – a stainedContinue reading “The Hunt Is On”

Preparing For The Hunt

Ella is bringing her family for a garden visit tomorrow, Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt will, of course, be in order. We prepared the clues for this today. Jackie determined the nine different locations and photographed them. I printed each one, in which a prominent feature will bear the trophy. They will be numberedContinue reading “Preparing For The Hunt”

The Garden As April Begins

On a warm day with sunny intervals it was time to record the garden as it comes alive. The Brick Path and the Back Drive borders each hold some of the plants I am about to show, like the euphorbia fronting one of the dead stumps on the Back Drive. We have many tulips inContinue reading “The Garden As April Begins”