honey suckle

honey suckle

30.7.19

AN EXCELLENT PRIZE IN GARDENING CONTEST (コンテストで優秀賞いただきました)


I won an excellence prize in a gardening contest held by a local nursery. 
I applied for the contest sending three photographs (shown below)
that I took in our gardens this season. 
It's an honor to win the prize, and I am really glad. 

Bluebell Garden in April

Main Garden in May

Potager in May

28.7.19

TRIMMING CLIMBING ROSES (ツルバラの剪定)


This morning I trimmed long shoots of climbing roses in the main garden.

今朝は主庭のツルバラの長いシュートを切り詰めました.


The first was 'Mortimer Sackler' beside the white wooden fence. 

一つは白いフェンスの横のモーティマーサックラーです


The next was 'Angela' on the iron arch.

二つ目は鉄製アーチのアンジェラです


And the last was 'Snow Goose' on a iron arbour.

そして最後が鉄製のドーム型アーチのスノーグースです


The maximum temperature was 35 degrees today,
and Met Office says very hot days will continue for more than a week.

最高気温は35度
気象庁は猛暑が一週間以上続くと予想しています



27.7.19

BLUEBERRY JAM - FROM PICKING TO BOTTLING (ブルーベリージャム、摘み取りから瓶詰めまで)


We are in the middle of the blueberry season in our garden.
Every weekend we pick fruits and make jam.
Some are for eating at home, some for presents
and others for selling at Open-garden for charity in May.
Because it is hot even in the morning,
picking blueberries is a hard work,
however, it is really fun to pick fruits and make jam.
Today we bottled 23 jars (130g each).


庭はブルーベリーのシーズン真っ盛り、
毎週末はブルーベリー摘みとジャム作りです.
家での食用、プレゼント用、そしてチャリティーオープンガーデンでの販売用です.
朝でも暑いので摘み取り作業は大変ですが、
摘み取ってジャムをつくるのは楽しいものです.
今日は23個の瓶に詰めました.








26.7.19

REFRESHING MORNING (朝は爽やか)


It's very hot in daytime, however, there is a refreshing moment
early in the morning.
White Lantana camara is flowering with purple Lantana montevidensis
 in the central raised bed.
Flowers of gaura tremble in the breeze.

日中はとても暑いけど、早朝は爽やかな瞬間があります.
白いランタナが紫色のコバノランタナと一緒に中央花壇で咲いています.
ガウラの花がそよ風に揺れます.
Rosa 'Young Lycidas'


Lantana camara

Lantana montevidensis and Geranium 'Azure Rush'

Gaura lindheimeri

24.7.19

BLUE SKY AND RAINY SEASON IS OVER (青空と梅雨明け)


The Met Office declared that the rainy season is over today in the northern part of Kyushu Island.
The sky is blue and some white clouds are floating.
Our gardens are covered with weeds and shoots of climbing roses are growing long, which make the gardens disorderly. 
So, we would have lots of gardening jobs.


気象庁は北部九州で梅雨明けを宣言、
空は青く白い雲が浮かんでいます.
我が家の庭は雑草がはびこり、つるバラの長いシュートが伸びて
庭は荒れて見えます.
たくさん庭仕事ありそうです.

23.7.19

QUEEN MARY'S ROSE GARDENS IN LONDON (ロンドンにあるクイーンメアリーズローズガーデン)


We visited Queen Mary's Rose Gardens in London at the beginning of July. 
It is a part of Regent's Park. 
Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds (a famous wax figure museum)  are located just outside the park. 
There were so many roses flowering in the garden, though some have finished, 
we enjoy beautiful roses. 

七月の初めにロンドンのクイーンメアリーズローズガーデンに行きました.
リーゼンツパークの中にあります.
すぐ近くにはシャーロックホームズ博物館やマダムタッソウ(蝋人形館で有名)があります.
ガーデンにはたくさんのバラが咲いていて、一部はもう終わっていましたが、美しいバラを楽しみました.


Valentine Heart

Champagne Moment

A gardener was mowing lawn. 

A pond with the Japanese Garden Island



The Times

Caroline Victoria


 Pica pica カササギ

Silver Shadow

Just Joey



'Green Man'

A border of perennials 

Echinops

Eryngium