Five Years On

Today was another thoroughly wet one, so I decided to try a bit more than a test print with my new Epson. It was in May 2014 that we took on the neglected jungle that was our garden. Soon afterwards I began to compile a kind of before and after record of the project, inContinue reading “Five Years On”

Multiple Occupation

Although a little drier than expected, today remained largely overcast. Just before lunch Jackie took me on a tour of what she has achieved during the last few days in the garden. It struck me that I have never really shown the packed multiple occupation of our beds. While listening to the men’s Cricket WorldContinue reading “Multiple Occupation”

In A Flap

As I walked down to the Back gate to open it for Aaron early this morning I passed the delicate pastel shades of Penny Lane which will have a powerful fragrance later in the day; oriental poppies which have stubbornly clung to some petals despite the recent gales; abundant Félicité Perpétue draped over a deadContinue reading “In A Flap”

The Woman In White

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Early this morning our septic tank was cleared. This happens every eighteen months, and Jackie always feels better when it is done. Knowing we were in for a hot spell, Jackie undertook extensive watering. My tasks involved the eradication, cutting up, and bagging of niggling nettles, invasiveContinue reading “The Woman In White”

Opulence

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Once more, today was scorchingly hot. Apart from gentle tidying up, watering was the order of the day. The hose in this garden view was trained on the Rose Garden, where pink foxgloves, golden heucheras, and blue clematises romp among roses like the yellow Laura Ford, andContinue reading “Opulence”

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”

A Wildlife Garden

CLICK ON IMAGES (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) TO ENLARGE. REPEAT (ESPECIALLY THE CRICKET) IF REQUIRED. DID I MENTION THE CRICKET? It is two years since we were last assisting our friend Giles in opening his garden in Milford on Sea. Once more, today, we took the first stint in his rota. Overnight rain had only recently desistedContinue reading “A Wildlife Garden”

That’s One I Made Earlier

The Milford Conservation Volunteers have developed a Wildlife Garden Project. This morning, as we travelled to Studland Drive, couples were seen walking all over the village clutching brochures which gave them admission to 25 gardens in the small coastal town. One of these was the home of our old friend Giles Darvill, coordinator of theContinue reading “That’s One I Made Earlier”