Before The Storm

Threatened with a thunderstorm, after two lengthy dead-heading sessions, I wandered around the garden while Jackie continued with her general tidying and maintenance work. The blooms in these images of the Rose Garden and the bed at its entrance are identified in the titles of the galleries, each of which can be accessed by aContinue reading “Before The Storm”

Compatriots

I wasn’t able to dead head all the roses today, although I carried out quite a long session with secateurs before my knees suggested that a rest might be in order. After taking one, it seemed likely that spent buds would not spoil any photographs, so I wandered around with the camera. Here are fourContinue reading “Compatriots”

Hot Chocolate And Hot Lips

SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE ENLARGED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. CLICKING ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT It was another mark of progress this morning when I wandered around the overcast garden while JackieContinue reading “Hot Chocolate And Hot Lips”

Our First Open Day

CLICK ON IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENT. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. Last night I had severalĀ attempts at photographing Jackie’s garden solar lights. She had one preference; I had another. Only the brave need indicate their favourite. Knowing the weather would soon change, I took advantage of the early sunshine to wander around the garden and take a fewContinue reading “Our First Open Day”

Remembering The Bees

We managedĀ a good morning’s work before the rain set in later in the afternoon. I cut the grass while Jackie clipped more of the Back Drive hedge. Part of this consisted of a fuchsia which, despite severe autumn haircuts, has really become very unkempt overgrown. Because it was the only reasonable plant in this areaContinue reading “Remembering The Bees”

More Than It Could Chew?

It was yet another unseasonably hot day. I cleared up after last night’s fire. It had become dark before I was able to finish the exercise. I gathered up the unburnt branches, chopped them up small, and piled them beside the incinerator which has taken the place of the two old wheelbarrows. The rusty metalContinue reading “More Than It Could Chew?”

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”