This morning’s garden maintenance including more pruning, weeding, and digging up of brambles. Coma butterfly on verbena bonarensis

Comma butterflies are still transfixed by the verbena bonarensis.

Here are two views of the work in progress in the rose garden:

Rose garden work in progress 1Rose garden work in progress 2

  The reason for the hose is that each new plant requires four gallons of water daily, and we are not getting any rain. Jackie’s stepping stones can be seen; and also, in the second picture, the first of her brick pillars on which stands a pot including white cosmos under the apple tree.The two bricks in the foreground are the start of another. Four further views are from corners of the Phantom Path. Hollyhocks

The first, through Margery’s hollyhocks takes us across the grass patch to the Brick Path;

View from corner of Phantom Path 1

shifting slightly to the right at this western end gives a different perspective;

View from corner of Phantom Path 2

from the other end, we have two different views looking north, towards the house,

View from corner of Phantom Path 3

then the shed, over the door of which Jackie has hung cloth bunting.

As I set out for another session this afternoon, I was reprieved by a long and enjoyable phone call from Sam, who did his best to maintain a poker voice, as he was also watching the cricket in Perth, Australia, and knew I didn’t want to know what happened until I watched the highlights this evening. My second respite came when Shelly popped in for a visit. Early this evening I attempted an aerial photograph of the garden. We have Everest windows throughout the house. They are not meant to be fully opened, so it is impossible from upstairs to take in the whole picture. This is the best I could manage from our dressing room:Garden aerial view As always, clicking on this image, once, then a second time will enlarge the picture to reveal much more detail. For example the little chair in the rose garden will locate that feature. Stone edging

After this Jackie and I relaid stone edging in a small bed leading to the rose garden.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s tasty cottage pie, carrots, peas, and cabbage. Dessert was apple pie and cream brought to us by Shelly. Jackie drank sparkling water whilst I finished the malbec.


  1. Beautiful butterfly pic Derrick and the rose garden is really coming on nicely – and so quickly! I think it’s going to be absolutely stunning next year! Wow!
    Love the rest of the pictures too – the aerial view a great idea!

  2. I spent an enjoyable few minutes passing in a ghost-like manner through your garden – especially the view from the top window and Jackie’s shed adorned with bunting. What an amazing place to potter about – it is quite delightful!

  3. Your posts are always a feast for the eyes and for the palate (at least in my imagination). Beautiful garden, Derrick!

  4. Most fascinating to me about this developing garden, Derrick and Jackie, is the careful design attention given not only to the horizontal ramble of complementary plantings, but also to the wonderful vertical resting places for the eye, all the way up to high! Beautiful!

  5. I love the view from the upstairs window. The garden looks beautiful. Your Callistemon looks so much happier and healthier than mine. That new rose garden is going to look wonderful, especially in its lovely, sunny corner

  6. Exciting that we get to see your rose garden in the beginning stages . It already looks great. 4 gallons of water a day for the new bushes?!
    As you might have guessed, I am fascinated with the butterfly. I’m becoming convinced that you may be distantly related to Dr. Doolittle…how else do you manage to get these elusive creatures to pose for you?
    Every section of your garden is amazing. Did I mention the Hollyhock yet? I love that you showed us the aerial view… Wow!!

    1. Dear Cynthia, Derrick possesses patience an enthusiasm, this contributes towards the lovely wildlife pictures, but I have to tell you that it is a bit of a family joke here, that as soon as he gets his camera out any living creatures seem to disappear!

  7. Splendid photographs, as ever, Derrick, and I derive vicarious pleasure from the progress you are making (mostly because our acre of wilderness refuses to become much else).
    Aerial photography of our garden is much easier, as French windows all open inward. Not only does that make for cleaner images (although kneeling on the 27″ deep sill of a window that’s 22″ wide and 27″ high has its own challenges), but it makes upstairs windows easier to clean too!

  8. It was difficult to scroll past the butterfly picture –you’ve become expert at capturing them. I feel better now about my own messy garden after seeing all the work that’s been going into creating your floral wonderland. It’s a real pleasure to watch other people work and to enjoy the result 🙂 Well done with the aerial pic –it’s great to be able to see the backdrop and the height of trees.

  9. I enjoyed the comma – one of my favourite butterflies. The rose garden is certainly shaping up – we can see it all coming together now. The aerial shot gives an idea of the overall scale of the garden … and the work that has already gone into it!

  10. That butterfly let you so close – your Verbena tasted good I guess 🙂
    What I noticed – you have planted your Roses and Lilies together in the same plot, and so did my mom. There must be a reason for such planting.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs!

  11. Roses and hollyhocks. Sigh. Terrific picture of the butterfly. A comma butterfly, you noted. Perfect for a grammar geek. Unfortunately, as far as I know, we do not have them in Maine.

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