The Dump Can Wait


Much of today was spent planting roses, tidying beds, and pruning and lopping trees and overgrown shrubs.

I cleared up Jackie’s maple cuttings from yesterday, then concentrated on the myrtle behind the Compassion rose. Both these trees were depriving the rose of light and air, and the variegated myrtle was full of sports anyway.

The arch, as seen from the bench on the Dead End Path and from the distance of Fiveways, now awaits the retrained rose. The young leaves of the copper beech, the last to arrive, can be seen to the top left of the first picture.

Garden view through Agriframes Arch

Looking through the Agriframes Arch from the Dead End Path, one can see that the yellow bottle brush plant and

Chilean lantern plant

the Chilean lantern tree are both coming into bloom.

Elsewhere, Sweet Williams and Cerinthes romp ahead of the fuchsia beneath them.

Fly on marigolds

Bright marigolds attract flies like the one in this image.

Viburnum Rhytidophyllum

The viburnum Rhytidophyllum, with its delicate scent, creamy white clustered flowers, and crinkly leaves, is enjoying its best year since the surrounding jungle was opened up.

Gloriana, Crown Princess Margarete, and Jacqueline du Pré have all put in an appearance in the Rose Garden.

I chopped up all the tree branches and filled two orange bags with them. We had intended taking them to Efford Recycling Centre, but we ran out of steam and decided that the dump could wait.

This evening we dined on meals from New Forest Tandoori takeaway in Pennington. We both enjoyed prawn puri starters. My main course was king prawn naga with special fried rice; Jackie’s was chicken buna with fragrant pilau rice. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Patrick Chodot Fleurie 2014.


  1. Gorgeous photos, and the rose garden is especially stunning. I love that orange one! Also, I wouldn’t mind eating dinner with you two every night.

          1. Derrick that link is just taking me to some site where I can start writing a post – there is either a glitch in the link or a glitch in wordpress. I’ll try again later.

  2. Climate change means that here in the Southern Hemisphere we are also having roses blooming and marigolds too. My citruses are flowering while the fruit are just colouring. The trees are pumping out new shoots which are being devoured by a new plague of insects. Sigh.

  3. All of the hard work you and Jackie have put into the garden is really paying off, Derrick. Everything looks so beautiful. I love the Chilean lantern tree. As busy as you both were, I can see why you ran out of steam.

  4. “Elsewhere, Sweet Williams and Cerinthes romp ahead of the fuchsia beneath them.” What a lovely way of putting it. I have Sweet Williams that I started from seed many years ago. Can’t believe how they come back. And mine are blooming now, too!

  5. You need one of those things that chomps up all the branches and stuff and turns it into mulch or whatever it is called.You could either flog it in the town square on market day or use it for whatever purpose mulch is used for.
    I thought with the picture of the horses at the top we were in for some delightful animal shots.
    You need to do better young man! :/

  6. Your garden looks amazing. The Chilean plant looks interesting. Thornless roses Jackie? ?????

  7. Your garden is such a delight–and I guess it should be with all the work you and Jackie put into it.
    Your photos make everyone want to visit! 🙂

  8. The photos are lovely, Derrick! That is a lot of work, chopping up all the garden and tree trimmings.

    Our roses probably won’t bloom until June, May has been so cool.

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