Spot The Difference


In today’s gardening division of labour my contribution was weeding the back drive, while Jackie continued planting, weeding, and watering.

My main focus was on the bed alongside the new fence.

This involved clambering between dead stumps and the fencing and digging out stubborn brambles and sticky Willies. I had not anticipated needing to use a fork on all this, but, most unusually for April, there has been so little rain that the ground is rock hard. Consequently I didn’t get very far. For those readers interested in the scale of things this drive is 75 yards long and the width of a terraced house plot.

Jackie filled the Rose Garden urnsΒ –Β one on the brick pillar we have just rebuilt – with compost

in readiness for these lilies bought from the Hordle Post Office a couple of days ago.

Other plantings in the Oval and Elizabeth’s Beds and the Rose Garden are mostly represented by labels.

Corner of Palm Bed at Fiveways

In this corner of the Palm Bed we have tulips; a yellow Japanese maple that clearly needs the pruning treatment;

Rhododendron 1

and a pink rhododendron just coming into bud.

Tree peony

A yellow tree peony competes with the latter over which will be the first in full bloom.

Daffodils, honesty, and hellebores continue to thrive.

ThisΒ cream verbascum stands on the Back Drive bed,

Clematis Montana

and this clematis Montana spills over the front garden wall,

behind which a yellow potentilla is flowering. Can you guess what, when I put the first of these pictures of it up on the screen, got me rushing out there?

This evening we dined on Mr Pink’s fish and chips, Garner’s pickled onions, and Tesco’s gherkins. I drank Doom Bar beer.


  1. Whatever made you rushed out rushed away πŸ™‚ Sounds like my whole property can fit in your driveway with room to spare so don’t expect me to feel sorry for you πŸ™‚

  2. Derrick, I am watching your back drive for the first time. It seems a perfect place for releasing a soliloquy in the night air. As for the difference, you seem to have removed dried up stalks, the potentilla on the top left has opened up. Also, moving from left to right, your focal length changed from 7.344 mm to 4.5 mm, and you have allowed more light by reducing the shutter speed from 1/400 to 1/200. πŸ˜€

    PS: There seems to be a problem with the theme of your blog β€”I had trouble posting a comment today. Or is it that my Nvidia display driver is throwing tantrums at me? Anyway, I am deeply disappointed by Windows 10.

  3. Thank you dear D for cutting all last years dead flower heads off the potentilla , I have been looking at that each day but not getting around to doing it! I can cross it off the list now!

  4. I admire all the work you and Jackie do in your garden–and it shows!
    This seems to be a bad year for ticks here, so we’re going to have to be careful. Daughter discovered her yard is infested with them.

  5. Very nice, I must say I am finding that verbascum to be rather fetching. Isn’t it wonderful to have all this life around us, and within us. Cheers, Harlon

  6. That was a long drive to weed Derrick – it’s very tidy and pretty, can just imagine how beautiful when everything is in bloom. I haven’t seen a blooming rhododendron since we lived in Maine, can’t wait to see yours in bloom. Garden is looking great – love seeing Jackie working the pots!

  7. Garden is looking lovely. I’m off to the garden centre now, and trying to restrain my enthusiasm for new plants. Looking at your garden and going to the garden centre is a bit like food shopping whilst hungry – dangerous!

  8. I saw brown “bugs” which turned out to be old blooms or possibly frostbit buds. Derrick, this really does help the picture and the life of the potentilla plant expand and improve its future growth. πŸ™‚

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