The First Of October

My Under Gardener tasks this cooler, more cloudy, morning consisted of a little clearing to compost and a lot of rose decapitation. Among the regular bloomers like the White Winchester Cathedral, the prolific bright yellow Absolutely Fabulous, and the fulsome Lady Emma Hamilton a number of repeat performers are taking the stage. Just Joey hasContinue reading “The First Of October”

Love In The Time Of Cholera

During a heavily overcast yet warm morning I took a walk around the garden with my camera. At the front of the house I photographed just one example of our fuchsia Delta’s Sarah and pink pelargoniums; a severally-hued hydrangea alongside white marguerites with yellow buttery centres; and the first of three rich red lily plantsContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Cholera”

They Escaped The Secateurs

Jackie spent much of the day watering the garden; my major task was dead heading roses. Here is a gallery of some of those that escaped the secateurs: Each picture is labelled in the gallery which can be accessed by clicking on any image. This evening we dined on Jackie’s hot, spicy, pasta arrabbiata withContinue reading “They Escaped The Secateurs”

Survivors December 2019

Today was the third bright, sunny, and cold one in a row. Given that overnight temperatures are in the low minuses, I wandered around the garden to photograph some of the albeit somewhat poorly looking surviving flora. Two that seem to bloom continuously are the yellow bidens and the white solanums from last year. AContinue reading “Survivors December 2019”

Shots For Scale

Jackie and Nugget continued planting and bed making this morning while I cleared up some of the debris. Our little robin has even begun to get under my feet. He has begun to think ahead and, knowing where we are likely to go, arrives there before us. He only has to see me scoop upContinue reading “Shots For Scale”

Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?

The light this morning was dull when I took a walk around the garden. It looks to me as if WordPress have changed my gallery image sizes as they did yesterday. This will mean that nothing can be enlarged. I am also uncertain whether the galleries can be accessed at all. Should either of theseContinue reading “Should I Revert To The Classic Editor?”

None Of That Nonsense

Late this afternoon rain had brought abandonment to the first day of the fourth Ashes Test match, but here it was reasonably warm and sunny. Jackie, hindered by Nugget, continued planting, while I wandered around the garden. Clematis Marie Boisselot, in her third flush, has now toned down her blue rinse. Other clematises, such asContinue reading “None Of That Nonsense”

Not For The Birds

This was a day of wind, rain, colder temperatures, coats, and central heating. A bit like Dunedin’s winter. During a brief period of lessening rain Jackie continued her work on securing sweet peas and other climbing plants; rehanging baskets; and setting other planters back on their perches. Here are some of the finished projects. TheContinue reading “Not For The Birds”

Presentable For The Camera

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, ANY MEMBER OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT This morning I wandered round the garden with camera and crutch, but no perch. I began with the patio, and its hanging baskets and planters. TheContinue reading “Presentable For The Camera”

Waiting For The Dilation

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A CLUSTER TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY A wander round the garden this morning yielded   spears of crocosmia, tulips, and daffodils piercing the soil; crocuses opened further; and varieties of primula. Daphne Odorata remains wary of the possibility of a cold spell.   The winter flowering clematis Cirrhosa nowContinue reading “Waiting For The Dilation”