Late Summer Blooms


While Jackie, weeded, watered, and planted, my main gardening task today was extensive dead-heading. If anyone spots any heads I’ve missed in the following photographs, I’ll thank you for not mentioning it.

Petunias, geraniums, erigeron

We have many petunias. These, with geraniums and erigeron, grace the sitting room wall.

Petunias and fuchsiaPetunias geraniums, and lobelia

These, in a basket hanging over the shady path, blend well with a dangling fuchsia and lobelia above;

Begonia and petunias 1Begonia and petunias 2

accompany begonias,

Dragon Bed

like these above the Dragon Bed,


or are planted in beds.

Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff

Dahlias, such as Bishop of Lllandaff,

Dahlias, phlox, etcDahlias

and some I can’t identify are cropping up everywhere.

Dead End Path 2Dead End Path 1

This last trio grace the West Bed alongside the Dead End Path.

Bee on dahlia

A furry bee is cleverly camouflaged by the red and yellow one.

Bee on carpet rose

Other bees explore a carpet rose

Bee on salvia

and a salvia,

Salvias, cosmos, etc

two varieties of which are potted at the corner of the Kitchen Bed.


These chrysanthemums speak to the phlox behind.


I have no idea how many geraniums fill this stone urn nearby. Last autumn they were all little broken stems that the Head Gardener stuck in soil and nurtured through the winter.


Hibiscus, Japanese anemones etc

Hibiscuses and Japanese anemones such as these on opposite sides of the Brick Path are typical of late summer blooms.

Penstemon and Festive Jewel

Another happy juxtaposition is that of the penstemons and Festive Jewel in the Rose Garden.

Fuchsia Lady in Black climber and hydrangea

The climbing fuchsia Lady in Black, against the pink hydrangea backdrop, has begun its ascent up the new arch beside the greenhouse;


while the White clematis climbing the obelisk in the Kitchen Bed still flowers.

Shady PathPhantom PathThe Heligan Path

Jackie has produced her own individual signage for our paths,

Cryptomeria Japonica

and such as the Cryptomeria.

Palm Bed

Finally, here is a view across the Palm Bed.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s lemon chicken, breaded mushrooms, boiled potatoes, crunchy carrots, and crisp spring greens. One of the advantages of being a wine drinker is that, after a tipple on the patio, I have some left for my dinner. It doesn’t seem to work like that with Hoegaarden. I drank Cimarosa, reserva privada cabernet sauvignon 2012.





  1. You removed every single deadhead, Derrick. If any are spotted in the photos, I’m sure they suddenly appeared as you were taking the picture.
    I like Jackie’s signs. I had to look up Heligan. 😉

  2. Wine always wins for me – for a multitude of reasons ?… those geraniums from broken stems … they somehow speak of life itself to me.

  3. I can not compliment you two enough for the condition of your garden!! And just think, with the help of the new green house – it just might even be better next year!! Have a great evening!!

  4. The colour of the salvia won the day for me. I love the signs, especially the one that explains the name choice – very clever! Geraniums are such a helpful plant to have in any garden, I used to have one that put down new roots at even the slightest sign of breakage in a stem so I had a line of geraniums and daisy bushes all along the roadside perimeter and it was so lovely! You two deserve your tipple at the end of day xo

  5. What a wealth of flowers! It looks like Monet’s garden! Wow. And now I want breaded mushrooms for dinner. But, alas, no mushrooms around.

    1. And did you see the label on the rose arch on the Dead End Path ?! He could at least have removed that before the photo was taken, death threats have been issued !

      1. All I can say, Jackie, is: Cryptomeria japonica elegans aurea – which apparently is Latin for “God only knows what the Bishop of Lllandaff would have to say about it”.

  6. You have been busy as a bee! The Head Gardener has every right to enshrine each corner of her estate. Ever since I’ve been reading your blog, I am not awed or tongue-tied at the florists. I nearly know most of those flowers now…

  7. A very beautiful garden, Derrick. It’s nice to see you are helping so many bees. We have discovered, quite accidentally, that they really go for lavender.

  8. A walk through a treasure trove of nature Derrick! Almost overwhelming with the multitude- which way to look next?
    Glad you got all the deadheads! ?
    And to end with that Cabernet…well, what a tough life you lead!! ??

  9. The wall pocket gardens are so uniqand beautiful! The “furry” bee is so cute and in the perfect flower to camouflage him or her! Except that you caught it on camera! hugs to you and Jackie! ?

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