Fading Beauty


This was a glorious sunny day with the warmth of mid-summer. Bees and butterflies abounded in the garden. It was a good day for wandering around, but that is all we felt inclined to do. We can defer the winter preparation until it feels more like autumn.


This was either a midget bee, or a baby hoverfly flitting among the Japanese anemones.

Dragon Bed 2

Here are two views of the Dragon Bed showing bidens, petunia, hydrangea,

Dragon Bed 3

and more Japanese anemones.

For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only continues to bloom.

Oval Path

Fuchsia 2

The Oval Path lies alongside the rose garden, leading to Elizabeth’s Bed. Here we have dahlias, hydrangeas, and one ofΒ the many fuchsias;

Fuchsia 1

another of which hangs beneath the wisteria.

Gazebo Path

Here is the Gazebo Path from the south. The new rudbeckias are still waiting for the demise of the nicotiana.

Weeping Birch Bed

View through Weeping Birch Bed

The Weeping Birch Bed looks towards the back drive,

New Bed through arch

alongside the entrance to which is the New Bed, still full of colour. Sweet peas flower to the left of the arch.

Prompted by https://rakmilphotography.wordpress.com/ I used my 50mm lens for most of these shots.

We are in the presence of fading beauty.

For dinner this evening, Jackie produced smoked haddock, piquant cauliflower cheese, and carrots and runner beans al dente. We finished the Gros Manseng.


  1. Beautiful shots. I have something for those crisp close-ups with the blurred background. I also love the global shot of the garden basking in the sun, so beautiful!

      1. Most welcome Derrick. I missed relishing appropriately your posts earlier as I was overworked with all my various endeavours. Am glad to catch up with your soothing posts πŸ™‚

  2. Your garden sure seems to be enjoying the weather, looking great!! It’s supposed to be autumn around here too, but at 90* F – you could have fooled me! πŸ™‚

      1. I DID find myself thinking this was no way to refer to the HG/CQ…
        Don’t forget: GCHQ might be listening πŸ˜€

  3. Layers of the different plantings while some are fading, others are riding in their glory, Derrick. πŸ™‚ The dragon garden seemed to keep my eyes entertained for awhile. For your eyes only and fuschia were my favorite bright spots.
    The dinner sounds scrumptious, I like the sound of the cauliflower and green beans presentations.

    1. Many thanks, Miranda. Jackie doesn’t have a WP account. She reads posts from the FB link and comments occasionally on that; she does sometimes join in the comment exchanges on WP.

  4. For Your Eyes Only is especially nice, and the weeping birch, and I’ll have a sit in the Dragon Bed thank you. πŸ™‚
    I am surprised at how much blooms late there. A result that relies heavily on the care the plants receive, I am sure. Most bits of colour in my garden are gone, though I have the swords of Fall bulbs coming up. I kept last year’s chrysanthemums alive until about August, when they finally gave it up to bugs and drought. I’ll have to pick up some more, because in my mind there is nothing like dark purple, red and orange mums to make it feel like Fall.

  5. Looks nice. A lovely day with bees and butterflies sounds great. It’s really only mosquitoes that I ever have any gripes about when it comes to insects. πŸ™‚

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