It has been a good gardening week with good weather, those bright and sparkling days of autumn, that very special light that comes in October - ten in the morning is the very best time when the fog and darkness clears and those strong shafts of light cut across the garden, almost like spotlights, and … Continue reading It’s Saturday…and time for a gardening week review.
Few of us could identify what inspired the design of our garden. Generally, we have muddled along as our garden developed, adding a bed here, a border there, a feature, a seat, a specimen tree, a vista, the lawn, the general planting etc. etc. However, there is absolutely no doubt about it, we each and … Continue reading On Psyche’s Lawn: The Gardens at Plaz Metaxu
Breakfasts are leisurely matters these days. The days of rushing to work are long gone, no children to organise, no lunches, no timetable, no clocking in, none of that morning running around. There is time to catch the news and weather on morning tv, to catch up on all the latest news from a range … Continue reading The Photographer in Pyjamas.
The light is changing, not simply that the days are shorter, the evenings closing in much earlier, the days brightening later in the morning and the nights longer than the days, but the quality of the light is changing and it gives a different feel to the garden. The angle of the sun is lower … Continue reading I’m not sad.
On Wednesday morning I thought, "this is it; this is going to be the extent of our gardening for the week. It'll be like that quip, summer fell on a Thursday this year". Monday and Tuesday had poor weather and not a thing was done outside. Wednesday morning had started dark, breezy, cold and generally … Continue reading Looking Back on the Week that Was, 10/10/20
There are days like this, moments like this, incidents like this, people like this - and thank goodness there are for it has been one of those occasions which brings happiness into my life and I appreciate that very much. Within a general interest in gardening, I have a special enthusiasm for snowdrops and have … Continue reading The Generous Gardener.
We've had it in mind for ages to "do" the Cliff Walk in Ardmore but it had gone on the long finger. There's not a lot which attracts us to Ardmore, given its distance from home, but we have visited on occasion for lunch at the Cliff House Hotel which enjoys a very good reputation … Continue reading Walking on the Edge.
Earlier in the week we had the first of our winter foggy, misty mornings to convince us that the summer has truly gone. The days have become cooler, the evening have come in earlier and morning dew now persists into early afternoon. From now on, grass cutting has to be a snatched opportunity; one must … Continue reading The Snowdrops didn’t open.
It hasn't been the most active of gardening weeks here. There is a certain sense of giving up on it all. The days are getting shorter, the light is fading, there isn't a great deal of growth, the grass hardly demands attention though we will continue to cut is as regularly as possible so as … Continue reading The End of the Week Look-back.
"If one had to select the flower, which would be the most pleasing to the greatest number, it would be the primrose." This is a quotation from an anonymous author 'L.S.B. (F.R.S.)' who contributed an article, 'On Growing Primroses' to the Selborne Magazine in 1888. The same statement could be made today and be equally … Continue reading Primrose!