New Arrivals


Poppy and customers

This morning we all joined the other customers in the cafe. Poppy did actually eat most of what was on her plate.

An hour or so later, Jackie and I set off back home, reaching there early in the afternoon.

Aaron had moved a clump of ornamental grass further back in the Palm Bed,

Chair and candlestick

and removed rust from most of the furniture in the rose garden and painted it with Hammerite. Here we have a reclaimed armchair seated under the arch with a church candlestick behind it.

Pansy 1Pansies

Pansies are flourishing;

Snake's Head fritillaries

the Snake’s Head fritillaries proliferate;


our numerous heucheras now have flowers;

Cowslip, hellebore, violas

and cowslips,

Geraneum Phaeum

geranium Phaeums,Grape hyacinth

and grape hyacinths are new arrivals.

This evening we dined on a Chinese takeaway from Happy Days in Pennington, and, between us, finished the Broadwood’s Folly English white wine.


  1. I think your shrub is indeed a variety of viburnum. But there are now a gazillion varieties of it. The leaves will be your clue with this one, as they are not all that textured. I do hope you get some nice little frogs or toads to eat bugs in your garden. The ramblers looked quite pleased at being photographed…

    1. Thank you Lisa, for your full response. Jackie spent ages looking up viburnums, but hasn’t yet found an exact match, so we think you are right. The ramblers were, as you see, happy

  2. Just love your flower pictures Derrick – it’s so disappointing in TX, so many luscious flowers just can’t tolerate with the screaming heat in the summer so we are left a few varieties. Your friend’s painting was gorgeous.

  3. I really enjoy your postings. I thought the mystery plant was a viburnum too, but I have no knowledge beyond that. Great photos by the way. 😊

  4. Exceptional posts, which at time are really beyond my comprehension. It’s not an exaggeration. I really love the posts & the superb combination of words & photos.

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