Elizabeth Meets Ellie

This afternoon, while Jackie drove Flo, Dillon. and Ellie out shopping, I watched a BBC recording of yesterday’s delayed start of the final cricket Test Match between England and South Africa. I then took a walk round the garden with my camera. We had given up these gladioli in the heatwave. They have revived nicelyContinue reading “Elizabeth Meets Ellie”

Angela’s Photoshoot

Beneath oppressively leaden skies on an unseasonably warm morning we carried out some tidying of the garden. Enjoying the sounds of gentle birdsong in the trees; raucous geese honking overhead, and the clinking and scraping of Jackie’s tools as she trimmed the grass and weeded brickwork, I concentrated on sweeping fallen beach leaves and deadContinue reading “Angela’s Photoshoot”

After The Storm?

Yesterday’s winds had in fact reached gale proportions. This morning I joined Jackie in the garden and carried out a dead heading operation. Roses New Dawn, Alan Titchmarsh, Créme de la Créme, For Your Eyes Only, and Winchester Cathedral were among those that received my attention. Taking a break for lunch and cutting my hair,Continue reading “After The Storm?”

Flies Are Now In Season

On another warm, humid, and largely overcast morning garden maintenance was continued. Jackie mostly concentrated on the Rose Garden, then produced her own gallery. It was the cricket on Absolutely Fabulous that sent her indoors for her camera. She also spotted a bee and a beetle on Rosa Gallica. Winchester Cathedral, For Your Eyes Only,Continue reading “Flies Are Now In Season”

Sweet Summer Wine

Today was even hotter than yesterday, so we began gardening early once more. The sweet smelling rose Summer Wine shares the entrance arch to the Rose Garden with the white Madame Alfred Carriere. One of the casualties of the recent gales was that a number of stems of the sturdy climber were ripped from theirContinue reading “Sweet Summer Wine”

At The Tea Interval

On a drab, drearily dull, day I tuned into the start of the second cricket Test Match between England and New Zealand, and scanned eight more of Charles Keeping’s excellent illustrations to Charles Dickens’s ‘Nicholas Nickleby’. In turning ‘Nicholas found Bray lying on the floor quite dead, and his daughter clinging to the body’ upsideContinue reading “At The Tea Interval”

Ninon Michaelis

The sun kept away today, and the cloud-wrapped air was mild. To increase seasonal confusion the winter flowering cherry has bloomed early and nudges crab apples normally stripped by blackbirds by now. This camellia is a very early spring bloomer, but never a November one. Fuchsias like Delta’s Sarah and Mrs Popple just go onContinue reading “Ninon Michaelis”

Precipitation Photoshoot

Beneath a constantly percolating cloud colander parky temperatures prevailed throughout the day. I stayed at the computer while the Assistant Photographer produced the precipitation photoshoot. Click on any image to access the gallery where each picture bears it own title. This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy mango and lime piri-piri chicken served with chilli-potentContinue reading “Precipitation Photoshoot”

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”