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Today’s photographic projects were prompted by responses to recent posts.
Yesterday’s offering included 35 photographs, and of those who favoured the very last one, Laurie Graves, herself an excellent blogger, suggested a large print. I made one of A3+ with a white margin.
Various comments focussed on potential views from the seats portrayed in ‘Seating Arrangements’, the day before. In contrast to the last two days, this one was very dull, but I thought I would oblige, on my perambulation around the garden.
Here is the view to the left of the aluminium dump bench, and through the gazebo to the Palm Bed. The Florence statue appears on the right hand edge of the image;
a are direct sight of her is gained from the Ace Reclaim Bench.
She has gathered a few more baskets around her. I cropped the close-up because a blue bucket and a hose reel would have been more than The Head Gardener could tolerate.
From one of the chairs in the gravelled patio we look towards the Oval Bed
containing one our clumps of rudbeckia.
A strategically placed chair faces east along the Phantom Path.
This time I have included the decking seating arrangement, on which the signs of impending autumn are beginning to fall. (That one is for my friends over the pond)
It is, of course, the time for dahlias;
and for ice plants to attract working bees.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s luscious lamb jalfrezi, savoury rice, parathas, and onion bahjis. She drank Hoegaarden and I drank Heritage de Calvet Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014.
Derrick, thanks for the shout-out! That horse photo is a beauty. And I love, love, love the close-up of Florence.
Many thanks, Laurie
Such relaxing photography. I agree with Laurie’s comments on the horse and Florence. I have a cherub in my garden who is part of a stone fountain ornament and find that the marble and other stone statues have such a soothing effect in a garden.
Many thanks, Geetha
Welcome Derrick 🙂
What you call “ice plants”, we call “sedum.” Yours looks very similar to mine, which is known as Autumn Joy stonecrop (scientific name Sedum spectabile). Mine are just turning a bit pink in spots. Do you deadhead them in the fall, or let them stand until spring?
I let them go as they make a lovely winter garden. I don’t have anything else that looks good in snow except the trees. Maybe the new ferns will look nice? The coral bells and hostas turn to mush in the first hard frost.
We leave them. Many thanks. They are obviously the same plants. You clearly have harder winters.
Lovely photographs of your paradise! I love the name, Phantom Path — have you talked about this path before and why you named it as such? Very intriguing.
Thanks, Rose. It has featured a few times. It is named for the white hydrangea that looks very like a sheeted ghost. Not yet fully in bloom
How very fun! Thanks Derrick, and I’m sorry I didn’t catch on to that sooner.
Probably before you encountered my blog
You’re very diplomatic. Thank you, Sir Knight! 🙂
The print of that equine eye is absolutely gorgeous!
Thank you very much indeed, Cynthia
Absolute artistry in bloom.
Many thanks, Ginene
Impending Autumn…yes !
Soothing and refreshing, one could be happy to just slip in there and meditate on the goodness of life. 🙂
Very many thanks, Cynthia G
The dahlia is stunning, Derrick.
Many thanks, Jill. It is almost fluorescent
I love your seating area, perfect spot to read a book or enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. Beautiful pictures as always, the one with the garden statue is my favorite.
Thanks very much, Bridget
The horse’e eye is a wonderful photo Derrick. The seating arrangement on the deck looks just my cup of – er – glass of wine 🙂
🙂 Many thanks, Pauline
What you call an ice plant, I call a sedum. I just had two beautiful ones (Lovely, knee high and globe shaped) destroyed by traffic light workers in the outside garden. Ugh. Did I see bird netting in the rudbeckia bed?
It is the same plant, Lisa – sedum spectabilis. Sorry about yours. You are suffering with alien destruction at the moment. The netting is wrapped around the prunus pissardi to support the clematis. It has slipped a bit. Thank you.
I presume the prunus is named after the same botanist whose name is preserved in Pissard’s Plum? Though the garden opposite us sported two of these trees during the height of their fashionability, I never knew their name until I went on an identification walk with the tree-authority Alan Mitchell (almost any tree handbook of the 1980s will surely have his name on the cover), a man for whom the word “opinionated” might have been coined. Clearly, he didn’t approve of this hybrid, pronouncing it Piss( )ard’s, with an emphasis on the [not-so-absent] “h”, omitted here to protect those of a sensitive disposition 🙂
I think that’s why the Head Gardener finds the name easy to remember 🙂
Your posts are always chock full of interesting items, the animals, chairs and beautiful garden are all parts of getting to know Derrick’s and Jackie’s lifestyle of our friends! Smiles and hugs. Enjoy your rest of the week, I am going to my Mom’s on Friday and may barely get my Thursday’s Doors post comments replied to. . . 🙂
Thanks very much, Robin. Have a good time with your Mom
Your garden is so lovely. Always enjoyable to see all the nooks, crannies and colors….not sure about the spelling of ‘crannies’ 🙂
Thanks a lot, Gary. I think your spelling is OK 🙂
Lovely as always Derrick! Keep bringing the nature and beauty to us!
Thank you, Zigyasa. I’ll do my best
Pleasure is mine Derrick!
I can see that it would be tempting to take a seat wherever you find yourself in the garden. It’s a wonder you get any work done. 🙂
🙂 Many thanks, Mary. It’s getting up afterwards that’s the problem. 🙂
🙂 I know the feeling.
Oh, that third shot from the bottom is so cozy – Like a little sun room. I love the wooden trellis.
Your photos are spectacular. I had to laugh about “more than the head gardener could take.” Funny
Many thanks, Jodie. I like to make you laugh 🙂
You’re good at it. I know you are making Jackie laugh, too. And many others.