George Frederic Watts exhibited a painting in 1886 under the title The Sun and after some work re-exhibited it in 1891 as After the Deluge. It was also known as The Forty First Day as it was to depict the scene which greeted Noah when he opened a window on the Ark to check on … Continue reading The Forty First Day
And the question is whether it will be the last cut of the year. A couple of dry days during last week allowed a run of the larger lawnmower on Thursday afternoon with a finish off run with the smaller mower on Friday, like that lager, reaching those parts where other mowers cannot reach! Although … Continue reading Making the Cut…
Today was the first day of wet and cold fingers while working in the garden, a sure sign of a turn in the year. Winter gardening is not always a pleasure and there's a lot of it ahead! We had quite heavy rain last night and for the first time in months the ground is … Continue reading Wet Cold Fingers Season
Isabel Bannerman's latest book on fragrance in plants and gardens reminds us that we have lost a great deal, often imperceptibly, and though this brings a certain sadness, we can at least enjoy the remembrance of things lost and more greatly appreciate what we still have. Scent Magic was the author's previous wonderful book on … Continue reading The Star-Nosed Mole
Cleaning up is never the most exciting nor enjoyable of gardening activities though there is a certain satisfaction when the work is done and so it was this week. We had tree surgeons here on Monday, two "climbers" and one who dealt with what they cut. We had seven trees removed completely, seven box maples … Continue reading Cleaning up in a Peculiar Autumn
Pure Style in the Garden - Creating an Outdoor Haven by Jane Cumberbatch - was not the garden design book I had imagined it might be. It was far more and far better! Certainly, the author deals with style in the garden but one soon realises that it is the gardener's style which is being … Continue reading The Happy Style!
We made what we imagine to be our last visit of the season to Lismore Castle Gardens on Sunday last. On our previous visit it was obvious that the display in the flower beds was coming to a close so this was one more of a sense of seeing out the season than with any … Continue reading Lismore Castle, End of Season.
We have begun preparing for winter. The dahlias tubers have been lifted, dried and stored until spring. Garden furniture has been brought into the garage and the glasshouses have been prepared to store the tender plants. The last tomatoes have been picked, some still green, and brought inside, stored with a banana, in hopes of … Continue reading A Sunday Selection
The words, phrases and thoughts that come into one's head when lying awake in the dark hours of early morning can be very odd and peculiar and make one wonder how in the love of god such and such came along. The old man's complaint, as Statia, a companion of my working days, used call … Continue reading Yes, We’ll Gather at the River!
Our garden is north-facing and in a river valley where fog is common and dew persistent and, as the angle of the sun drops lower and lower, there are many days when the grass does not dry at all, even on what we might call a "good drying day". This is also the time of … Continue reading Days when the Grass Don’t Dry!