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”

Autumn Arachnid

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN THE GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER CLICKS WILL INCREASE ENLARGEMENT As the first autumn arachnid predator wrapped prey for its larder in the warm morning sunshine, further potential sustenance foraged forContinue reading “Autumn Arachnid”

If You Weren’t The Head Gardener

CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP WILL ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL EXAMPLES OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Jackie has spent quite a bit of time in the last three days clearing up after the storm. This has involved sweeping up leaves and brokenContinue reading “If You Weren’t The Head Gardener”

One That Didn’t Get Away

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED In anticipation of the expected 45 m.p.h. winds we were out early this morning battening down the hatches. Chairs and hanging baskets were grounded; trugs, like this blue one on the chair at the west end of the Phantom Path were upended; I lifted this flowering gladiolus’sContinue reading “One That Didn’t Get Away”

Dicing With Death

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED What does Aaron have in common with a bee? You might be forgiven for imagining that it is that they both have very high work rates. That would be a good answer, but incorrect. Watching our friend, unlit ciggy between lips, firing one-handed from the hip withContinue reading “Dicing With Death”

After The Drift

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. When Aaron and Sean cleared space for the promised greenhouse, they stacked the cut branches at the end of the Back Drive. I chopped or broke them into manageable sizes and filled two of our large orange containers with them. There is still enough for two more bags.Continue reading “After The Drift”

The Magic Carpet

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Having spent much of the night watching the BBC’s presentation of the unfolding of the EU referendum, I wasn’t up to much this morning. I did, however, post my day 5 offering on the Facebook nature series. This was it. It appeared on my WordPress post Earthworks,Continue reading “The Magic Carpet”

Pushmi – Pullyu

Yesterday, Jackie made an unfortunate discovery in the Weeping Birch Bed. Roughly half this plot has been raised on top of the concreted area that we think must have been laid for Post Office vans in the past. It was therefore only a few inches deep. This also explains why water escapes from the un-cementedContinue reading “Pushmi – Pullyu”

Earthworks

In her latest post, which I read this morning, my blogging friend, Pauline King, https://paulinekingblog.wordpress.com/ reminded me of my flat-share with my friend Giles in Claverton Street i 1973. This was a basement flat in a Pimlico terrace. The enclosed back yard was a small area of concrete. There was no real sunlight. Nothing grew there. The elderly womanContinue reading “Earthworks”

Officially Autumn

Although she does tidy up much of her refuse, when the Head Gardener has been about with the loppers and secateurs, it falls upon me, the Under Under Gardener, to clear the heaps of clippings; to transfer them to the compost and wood-burning piles; to sort them; and to cut them into manageable sections. ThisContinue reading “Officially Autumn”