No Longer In The Shade

Once again we struggled in unaccustomed heat to thin out the rampant wisteria, and compost and bag up the clippings. Jackie did most of the pruning and photographed the process before and after her efforts. As she said, she was no longer working in the shade. Although the bulk of the composting and bagging fellContinue reading “No Longer In The Shade”

Starring Seed Pods

Today, by our standards, unseasonably hot for September, was definitely one for sprinkling the garden. Even the wicker owl appreciated its shower. By late morning we had become too heated to complete our work on pruning, cutting up, and composting the wisteria, seen here from above and below. While taking the overhead wisteria pictures IContinue reading “Starring Seed Pods”

Hot Gardening

At different times in this very hot day I have shared watering duties with the Head Gardener and carried some of her refuse to the compost bins. Jackie has continued potting and tidying. When possible she sits and lifts the containers on any available surface. The wisteria draped over its arbour here offers her aContinue reading “Hot Gardening”

A Paint Job

This morning, before dawn’s light had penetrated neighbouring trees, I photographed the wakening garden from above. Aurora first fingered the wisteria; the crab apple and the Amanogawa blossoms.     Aaron of A.P. Maintenance gave the shed two coats of paint, then drank a mug of tea while, at a suitable distance, I admired hisContinue reading “A Paint Job”

Avian Courtship

Jackie spent this, the hottest afternoon of the week, continuing her work of tidying and planting the garden, I spent some time collecting up debris for the compost bin and sweeping paths like those named Brick and Gazebo.   The strong sweet scent of the swinging wisteria penetrates the closed stable door during the evenings.Continue reading “Avian Courtship”

The Head Gardener’s Photoshoot

We had fun this morning helping Louisa – on the telephone, of course – to provide clues for an Easter Egg Hunt for Jessica and Imogen. Jackie came up with one of the best: ‘Toying with this clue will shed light on the answer’ would lead them to the toy shed in the garden. BecauseContinue reading “The Head Gardener’s Photoshoot”

Decidedly Not Smart

A number of terra cotta and yellow kniphofias have self-seeded at various places in the garden and have recently chosen to bloom rather late. These are in the Kitchen Bed, accompanied by hibiscus, petunias, Japanese anemones and fennel. This begonia and the pelargonium are recovering from near death with the benefit of Jackie’s tender care.Continue reading “Decidedly Not Smart”

Gracing The Back Drive

The weather today was overcast and cold, but mostly dry. A wander round the garden seemed to be in order. The upstairs windows gave me a new perspective in which the rescued red Japanese maple gapes in awe across and above to the majestic copper beech; I could look down on the gazebo clematis; andContinue reading “Gracing The Back Drive”

Ferns Unfurling

This afternoon Jackie drove me to Sears Barbers at Milford on Sea, where Peter cut my hair. We continued into the forest. This lane is one we traversed at North Ripley. From high ground near Linford we admired landscapes over farmland. Horses may be seen in some, and a stretch of hawthorn in another. TheContinue reading “Ferns Unfurling”