The Never Ending Summer


This morning, Aaron and Sean finished their tree work. Our friend, of AP Maintenance, demonstrated that he has entered into the spirit of photography when he suggested I might make an action image of him felling a branch. I took two pictures which I cannot yet produce here. The reason for this inability is that six of the exposures I made today have been uploaded in CR2 format, which is not one of those accepted by WordPress. This is a mystery, because they were taken with the same camera in the same session as all the rest I here publish.

I had imagined that I would simply focus on clematises,

but there were so many other blooms, like roses pink Compassion, white Winchester Cathedral, golden Crown Princess Margareta, and another pink unidentified one.

Views like these across the Phantom Path and of the Dragon Bed still contain blooms. High up, left off centre in the first can be seen the Compassion rose; petunias and geraniums are included in both images.

Other flowers, such as white solanums, red snapdragons, yellow and red nasturtiums, pink geraniums, purple fuchsias, and pink phlox, are surprisingly long-lived occupants.


Some of the earlier dahlias have bloomed for months.

It really seems a never ending summer.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s delicious pork paprika and wild rice, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Reserve des Tuguets madiran 2012.


  1. I do wish the summer would stick around for us, but I greatly fear that come December the New Forest area will be a lot less flowery. Also, just to be difficult, it will probably deny to provide the snow the grandkids are dying to see on the visit.
    That dahlia really is vivid — a dahling!

  2. I just love your garden, it’s so inviting, so wonderful normal, not one of the weedless, perfection greens that many have. It’s unique and colorful, I still want to rent a chair for a week or so. 🙂

  3. Cameras are such strange things at times – mine sometimes changes an image from landscape to portrait – presumably something in the software tell it to over rule the puny human. It’s the thin edge of the wedge, I tell you…

  4. Our long Indian summer has finally turned to fall. It came clattering in with diagonal rain smacking down the brilliant maple leaves. 48 hours ago I was wearing a light jacket. Tonight walking the dog I was in my winter coat.
    I love the photo of the rose with the buds hovering around it like a planet and 4 moons. Lovely.

  5. I always like to see what you share with us, this post had stunning flowers, Derrick!
    Our yellow roses in front of our apt. building are still blooming and not drooping yet. The mums are expected but I spotted morning glories and clematis still fresh and flowering.

  6. What a gorgeous display of flowers! Summer is definitely over here in Norway as there is not a single rose left in my garden:)

    1. Thanks very much, Cynthia. Mostly, I have used a Canon SX700 HS, but recently also an EOS 5D Mark II from the same stable. I get the best macro and wide focus shots with the little one and use a 70/300 telephoto for the rest. And, yes, it is pure talent 🙂

  7. Thank for sharing your never ending garden Summer with us. Here in Sweden it’s dark and cold now. No Summer left at all. It’s so nice to se some Summer then 🙂

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