A Glorious Summer’s Day

Jackie spent most of her birthday of gloriously sunny weather continuing her replenishing and refurbishment of her vast number of plant containers. In particular she concentrated on the stone urns, pots, and hanging baskets in the Rose Garden, into which a small dragonfly glided, coming to rest on the warm paving bricks. Bees were busyContinue reading “A Glorious Summer’s Day”

Garden Housework

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Throughout the garden we have prolific clusters of small orange and yellow poppies that shed their petals each day. Regular dead-heading encourages further growth. It has beenContinue reading “Garden Housework”

Snatching Snoozes

SINGLE IMAGES CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY ONE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT In ‘The Card Case’, I spoke of the client who had no money to pay my fee,Continue reading “Snatching Snoozes”

Parts I Haven’t Been Able To Reach

On a hot, sunny, afternoon, aided by a crutch, I walked down the Brick Path to the top of the Back Drive, where Jackie provided me with three more perching spots. I couldn’t resist periodically stopping en route for a few shots from a standing position, sans crutch. Once settled at the top of theContinue reading “Parts I Haven’t Been Able To Reach”

The Herbaceous Borders

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Jackie continued her planting today. My major task was dead-heading. This section of the Dragon Bed shows how what was a large, gangly ficus until Aaron removed it six days ago has been replaced by the Head Gardener’s selection. The chimney pot in this shot of theContinue reading “The Herbaceous Borders”

Spot The Difference

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING ON THE RELEVANT BOX. In today’s gardening division of labour my contribution was weeding the back drive, while Jackie continued planting, weeding, and watering. My main focus was on the bed alongside the new fence.Continue reading “Spot The Difference”

Happy Hunting

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Those who have read posts from April 2014 onwards will know that we moved into a house that had suffered from much bodged D.I.Y. We are only putting this right at a very slow pace. Here is our badlyContinue reading “Happy Hunting”

Out Of The Corner Of My Eye

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Apart from June, August is possibly the best time to appreciate Jackie’s planting design. I wandered around this morning with that specifically in mind. This view from the Brick Path takes in the planting of the small triangular bed at the intersection of this path with theContinue reading “Out Of The Corner Of My Eye”

Before The Thunderstorm

AS ALWAYS, CLICKING ON THE IMAGES WILL ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED For the best part of the day there were two consistencies in the weather: it was very warm and it was dry. This meant the overnight rain soon evaporated. The sun, however, vied for dominance with the clouds. Stopping on the way to buy a necessary sackContinue reading “Before The Thunderstorm”

Which Statues?

CLICKING ON IMAGES WILL ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF NECESSARY Yesterday, Jackie bought two nicely weathered stone urns from an outlet in Molly’s Den, and positioned them either side of the brick path. She accidentally let slip that there were four more available. Naturally we had to dash off this morning to procure them. We alsoContinue reading “Which Statues?”