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Once more, today was scorchingly hot. Apart from gentle tidying up, watering was the order of the day.
The hose in this garden view was trained on the Rose Garden, where
pink foxgloves, golden heucheras, and blue clematises romp among roses like the yellow Laura Ford, and deep red roseraie De L’Hay;
where pink Summer wine, and white Madame Alfred Cariere cover the blue wooden entrance arch;
where Summer’s sculpted image just manages to peep through For Your Eyes Only;
and where Jacqueline du Pré has been fortunate to find shade.
Giant poppies blaze in the first view above.
There are more alongside Canterbury bells and bronze fennel on the north side of the Back Drive,
where viper’s bugloss, given to us by Giles in order to cater for bees, burgeons before geranium palmatums;
and where the buxom rose Dearest can just about hold up her head.
Clematises and gladioli thrive in the row of deep plastic window boxes that divides the Back Drive from the garden proper.
Alongside this display stands the New Bed.
We have California poppies in the Cryptomeria Bed,
on the other side of which my favourite rhododendron is now blooming.
The last three days of sunshine have brought opulence to the garden.
This evening we dined on roast lamb, mashed swede and potato, carrots, cauliflower and runner beans, all cooked to perfection by the Culinary Queen, who finished the Bergerac blanc while I drank more of the cabernet sauvignon.
I’m always stunned at some corner of your garden. Opulence us very apt
Many thanks, Geoff
Looking magnificent. A lot of hard work has gone into that.
Very many thanks, Leslie
We all need a little sun to shine. Unlike us, the garden loves being rained on.
Thanks, Mary. We are allegedly due a bit of rain at the weekend.
Glad to nominate you
There is something most opulent about poppies – they always grab the attention I think! The quartet alongside the Canterbury Bells is a stunning photo – as is the centre of the flower – truly ‘opulent’!!
Very many thanks, Pauline
Oh, I am such a fan of poppies! Have tried and tried to grow them over the years. I always admire Derrick’s luck with them.
Me too – I never had much success and I so admire Jackie’s growing skill and Derrick’s photographs – I’m also – er –
crap behind a camera 😀
Thanks a lot, Pauline
Ha – I am often frustrated when a camera is in my hand. We’ll both have to keep practicing.
I have to admit it is The Head Gardener’s luck 🙂
In your country was scorchingly hot and here is so rainy. I think your weather have moved in Romania, Derrick 🙂
May, it used to be a hot month here. But I am glad your garden is so shining after those 3 days of sunshine.
Mo-hugs and kisses <3
Very many thanks, Mo XX
Such a treat to tour your lovely garden! Beautiful flower captures, Derrick. 🙂
Many thanks, Amy
“and where the buxom rose Dearest can just about hold up her head.” is a perfect accompaniment to that lush photo.
Very many thanks, Jodie.
I can see why that your favorite rhododendron, Derrick…its a beauty! I love the poppies too.
We’re in for some hot and humid weather this weekend. Stay cool!
Thanks a lot, Jill. A thunderstorm in the night has freshened things up
That rhodo is a confectioners dream-come-true. 😀
Isn’t it just, Widders? Many thanks
Why is it that I read the intervening captions like poetry? Is it in your words or is it the flowers? That is a gorgeous close up of the poppy flower — be careful, it can be intoxicating.
Many thanks, Uma. I do hope it’s both.
with not a sign of Daniel to share the garden with poor, Jacqueline hiding there the shade.
Thanks a lot, Brian
Opulent, indeed, Derrick!
I like that your garden is not only stunning, it is also inviting.
I wondered if you hear music late at night from the Jacqueline du Pre? 😉
Now there’s a thought. Perhaps a CD in the garden. Thanks very much, Merril.
Happy to help, Derrick. 😉 I imagined cello sounds floating from them in the middle of the night.
Wnderful. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUgdbqt2ON0&w=560&h=315%5D
Your garden is abloom! Beautiful!
Many thanks, Laurie
Wonderful photos, Derrick.
Many thanks, Ann
I have no words to describe how much I enjoy your posts. ?
Those are the best possible, Lakshmi. That is lovely. Thank you.
beautiful poppies….and to finish with a cab suav, delightful <3
Many thanks, Kim
The buxom rose is beautiful. Your gardens seem to be in full swing now with so much color and beauty.
This is opulence indeed. Love the peonies shots
Thanks very much, Geetha
Welcome Derrick 🙂
Your garden is beautiful Derrick.
Thank you, Sumith
Many thanks, Mliae