Two Dawns

In the early morning chill I girded my loins with a thick cotton dressing gown and stepped into the garden to photograph the pink-streaked dawn. Keen arboriculturists may be interested in the sylvan skeletons of copper beech, larch, weeping birch, and lopped bay tree. Our great-niece, Ella, was two years old in January. She andContinue reading “Two Dawns”

On The Brink Of December

On a bright and sunny morning I wandered round the garden in my shirtsleeves. Individual titles of these views can be found when accessing the gallery with a click on any image. The last two pictures show a Japanese maple before and after it had been pruned by Aaron and his A.P. Maintenance team whoContinue reading “On The Brink Of December”

Not Cold Enough

Perhaps it was the very light overnight frost that led the blackbirds to investigate the neglected crab apples in the front garden. This one turned its back on them and considerately stayed just long enough for me to photograph it. We still have plenty of colour in our plot. There are winter flowering plants suchContinue reading “Not Cold Enough”

Making It Through The Winter

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE. Once the heavy overnight frost fringing these heuchera leaves had thawed, the garden was warmed by the sun which was low enough to light lily leaves and grasses, while pearly jewels dripped from naked and semi-clad twigs, and lingeringContinue reading “Making It Through The Winter”

April Showers

April showers in December? Someone’s having a laugh. Perhaps it’s this hebe; the viburnum bodnantense Dawn; roses like Crown Princess Margarete, bowing her head to keep her face dry, or this Pink carpet rose ripe for dead-heading; violas, primulas, or geraniums. I obliged with dead-heading many of the roses. This evening we dined on Jackie’s deliciousContinue reading “April Showers”