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Jackie did a great deal of tidying and planting today whilst I carried out a little of the latter.
We suspected that once the landscape bark in the rose garden began to attract live bird food we would need to sweep the brick path on a regular basis. That time is upon us. Like human babies in highchairs, the carnivorous members of our avian population toss out what they are not partial to.
Our camellias bloom at different times.
Whilst this deep red one is at its peak,
a lighter relative fades to meld with the neighbouring Japanese maple;
and these once bright yellow daffodil trumpets have also turned to old gold.
This afternoon I walked to the paddock in Hordle Lane and back.
The golden field visible from our bedroom window
blends in the hedgerow with hawthorn
and like-hued lichen.
This evening we dined on pork rib rack coated in barbecue sauce and Jackie’s excellent vegetable rice followed by Black Forest gateau, with which I drank more of the cabernet sauvignon.
Such lovely photos of a lovely day…ending with cake and red wine!
Fields of buttercups forever!
(or is that some flower other than a ranunculus?)
I’m afraid it’s rape, Cynthia. Sorry, and thanks
I hope you realize how hilarious your reply is, if taken totally out of the context of this conversation. 🙂
Of course 🙂 I knew you would like it
Oh, gosh, that is hysterical, Cynthia. I am still laughing. (Out loud, really.)Derrick, I am going to use the view out of your bedroom window as my screen saver. That is truly…truly…the most beautiful view in the world. I am blown away.
That is lovely, Ginene. Thank you.
It’s a great pity that “oilseed rape” has such an unfortunate name. It is such a beautiful plant. The French call it “colza” and it is a much more neutral term.
I’m happy to see these beautiful photos! A wonderful gallery, Derrick. 🙂
Thank you, Amy
The field is gorgeous, Derrick!
Just in case – and egged on by your repartee with the delightful Cynthia – I’ll share what I learned when I lived in your neck of the woods and was enraptured with these wide flung, yellow fields spread over the Downs that I had never seen before. I now tend to call those fields of rape flowers ‘canola fields’ as that is what they end up as I believe. ‘Rape’ is from the Latin ‘rapa’ meaning turnip. apparently the root is edible and good for you, the oil is not.
Derrick you have captured that camellia in its fleeting state of perfection! Wonderful 🙂
Many thanks, Pauline. That sounds much better
The oil is certainly used culinarily (unless there’s another plant with the same name, from which they derive it). I reckon that makes it “edible”.
I seem to recall reading quite some time ago that they named that cooking oil “canola” ( first mass- produced in CANada) as a similar sounding alternative to the other popular oil “mazola”(made from maize in the US).
It’s cold and dreary here today. Your photos are glorious–I love those bursts of color–and the yellow and yellow-greens of spring are so beautiful.
Chocolate cake and red wine–perfect!
Wow gorgeous photos!
Thank you, Lynn
It’s good to see your hard work being rewarded with such glorious blooms and we glean the benefit without contribution. Thank you for sharing.
Many thanks, Mary. Your contribution is your appreciation
Beautiful photos, Derrick. My mother had camellias at the home where we grew up. She was quite proud of them, as they are rare around here. I haven’t seen them since she moved. Thanks for the photos of them!
Thank you, Jodie. We are fortunate enough to have quite a few. They are the first of our shrubs to bloom
Wow. Everything is so beautiful…
Thank you, Weekly
Well, regardless of their turnip-y name, those flowers just glow.
Many thanks, Lisa
Beautiful photos. Love the view from your bedroom.
Thank you, Silently
The Daff you describe as old gold,in colour, is pink, I remember this being hailed as a huge break through, oh, about 20-30 years ago. I travelled to London to the Royal Horticultural Society’s halls in Victoria, to see this Pink daffodil, wee bit of a let down as they have only got the trumpet to be pink, and a sort of shell pink at that. I love it tho’ and once I realised that is was not going to be a whole flower in bright pink, (how wrong would that be!) have always tried to have some in my garden.
….in the eye of the beholder…. X
THAT RED ONE IS STUNNING.
Thanks, Nina. Your colour 🙂
Beautiful rapeseed fields, a candy for photographers. The camellia is gorgeous.
Many thanks, Inese
Blackbirds huh.. cause so much mess! Just as well they have a beautiful song.
Yes, thanks, Jessica. The Head Gardener would agree
These photographs are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
I’m pleased you thinks so. Thank you, Geetha
Welcome Derrick. I tweeted the post because they are really beautiful. Sometimes I forget to tweet posts I really like 🙂
Thank you for that
Absolutely gorgeous pictures!…your posts are always so beautiful and picturesque… 🙂
Thank you very much, Maniparna
Lovely as usual. The photo of the red camellia is beautiful.
Your gold blends are all beautiful, Derrick 🙂
But the golden field visible from your bedroom window is fantastic. I love those two photos.
Thank you, Monica – and hugs to you