A Variation On “Where’s Nugget?”

While I was drafting yesterday’s post Jackie nipped into the garden for a matter of minutes to take photographic advantage of the last rays of the setting sun. From this end of the Back Drive (take note of the larch beyond the compost bins on the right) she focussed on the Virginia creeper and accompanying JapaneseContinue reading “A Variation On “Where’s Nugget?””

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”

More Than She Could Chew

Aaron works in all weathers. This morning, however warm enough, was even too wet for him. He visited anyway and we enjoyed a pleasant conversation over tea, coffee, and biscuits. Afterwards I watched England’s World Cup Rugby match against Tonga. Although this afternoon the skies remained overcast, the steady rain let up; Jackie worked onContinue reading “More Than She Could Chew”

The Early Evening Light

This morning I completed my mega filing task while Jackie carried out more planting under the watchful eye of Nugget with whom she happily conversed. “Where’s Nugget?” (25). Beside the Weeping Birch Bed with its kniphofias, petunias, heleniums, and pelargoniums. The yellow kniphofia is Popsicle Mango; the terracotta one has attracted a wasp. Small WhiteContinue reading “The Early Evening Light”

Pictures For An Exhibition

Today we toted five more canvas bags of tree cuttings to Efford Recycling Centre. The Head Gardener was prevailed upon to bear the strain of this one as we tipped the contents into the vast container, thus allowing The Photographer to carry out his primary role. This time we returned with a stout wooden table suitable for theContinue reading “Pictures For An Exhibition”

Before And After: The South End

Were the barometer on our garden wall in good working order it would no doubt indicate ‘wet and warm’. Perhaps, at 18 degrees centigrade it had the temperature right. Full sunshine, however, we definitely did not experience. The leucanthemums in the front garden are some of the plants cut back for the winter by theContinue reading “Before And After: The South End”

Before And After: The Weeping Birch Bed

Aaron came to work this morning. He took out the last remaining tree stump from the lawn; cleaned the pipes and windows at the front of the house; and reset the post at the side gate which had come adrift. The Virginia Creeper mingling with rose hips on the Gothic Arch, with the yellowing birch leavesContinue reading “Before And After: The Weeping Birch Bed”

A Result

Today being Jackie’s birthday, her choice of activity was to work in the garden. Oh joy. We managed to postpone finishing off yesterday’s task by going on an arch hunt. Otter Nurseries in Everton didn’t have metal ones; Everton Nurseries had some but they were too small; so we went off in the opposite direction toContinue reading “A Result”

Over The Fence

Knackered at the end of the day yesterday, I chose to ignore one encroachment of foliage onto the path. This hinged upon a Virginia creeper no longer adequately supported by a partially collapsed wooden arch. It was beset by one of our own expansive trees and rambling bramble. I knew, however, if I ventured into theContinue reading “Over The Fence”