21 Chestnut Road

This afternoon we visited another NGS garden – 21 Chestnut Road, Brockenhurst. This is my selection of photographs; here are Flo’s. As usual each of these images bears a title in the galleries. This evening we dined at Lal Quilla where the food and service was as good as ever. Jackie’s main course was LalContinue reading “21 Chestnut Road”

A Little Dead-Heading

Before Martin arrived today, the Head Gardener’s Walk had disappeared from view. This is how he left it. He reshaped a tree in need of a trim, giving the Viburnum Plicatum beneath it more room to breathe; and mowed the lawn as usual, while I managed a little dead-heading of poppies like these in theContinue reading “A Little Dead-Heading”

The Nuggets

Today the sun took a breather and the wind gradually increased. This morning Aaron brandished a bramble he had found growing in one of our dead stumps. Yesterday Jackie had photographed the viburnum plicatum sprawling across the West Bed; the Brick Path; the view from the lawn looking past the eucalyptus and through the gazebo;Continue reading “The Nuggets”

The Ubiquitous Red Jacket

Jackie spent all this day of intermittent sunshine and clouds continuing her weeding and watering, mostly in the Rose Garden. I rendered minimal assistance while wandering round with a camera listening to the avian orchestral matins. More clematises are now blooming; Marie Boisselot blends with Erigeron cascading at her feet; one we cannot name hasContinue reading “The Ubiquitous Red Jacket”

Regeneration

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. THOSE IN GROUPS ACCESS GALLERIES THAT CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN THE PAGE AND CLICKING THE RELEVANT BOX. Today I was mostly digging up brambles and pruning dead branches from a yellow Japanese maple in the Palm Bed, seen here beyond the Cryptomeria Bed stepping stones. The red oneContinue reading “Regeneration”

Sleeping Beauty

TO ENLARGE IMAGES CLICK ON THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Today, I continued redistributing the gravel on the back drive. This involved shifting barrow loads of the material from one end to another, and raking them smooth. There is more to be done. Whilst I was there, I noticed, swaying in the breeze, the one FélicitéContinue reading “Sleeping Beauty”

The Dymo Marker

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. THERE ARE NO HIDDEN OWLS TODAY, HOWEVER….. Well, I did cut the grass, and wander round the garden, but that was along time ago. The rest of the day was spent preparing my finances for my very efficient accountant. Had I done even a modicum of filingContinue reading “The Dymo Marker”