In The May Garden

My gardening task today was cutting the grass.

View across grass patch

It is as well that I did carried that out before photographing this symphony in red provided by tellimas, rhododendron, pieris, mimuluses and petunias.


Another rhododendron that I photographed last week in a still closed and soggy state is now fully open and looking well refreshed;


as are the red and white tulips at the front of the house.

New arrivals are clematises

Clematis Niobe


Clematis Marie Boisselot

and Marie Boisselot;

Crane's bill geraniums

yet more Crane’s bill geraniums;

Pheasant's eye narcissus

 Pheasant’s eye, perhaps the last of the narcissi;


naturalised aquilegias;


and different alliums.

As has been noted before, the Hordle Chinese Take Away set meal for two can always be extended into the next day. So it was with yesterday’s, the seconds of which we enjoyed this evening, with profiteroles to follow. Jackie drank Hoegaarden, and I drank more of the Bordeaux.


  1. I wish I can grow clematis. Some people can; Sydney is big and conditions vary. Today’s temperature is 11ºC – 27º C; that’s our autumn weather.

    1. It has always been a favourite of mine, a real treasure, flowering when all the other narcissi and daffs are finishing, like a little full stop.

  2. I like leftover Chinese and enjoyed this post very much! The flowers are lovely and the one which I enjoyed the most was the brightly colored, now open rhododendron, Derrick.

    1. Thanks Robin. I took four shots at different times of the day, because I thought there was too much contrasting light on this, the first one. How wrong I was

  3. I had a magnificent clematis ‘Niobe’ at my Wellington house many years ago. I’m sure there will be many flowers naturalising themselves, reluctant to leave such a beautiful garden. Just one owl today 🙂

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