Ladybird, ladybird…….


Solanum and honeysuckle

As shown from the solanum and honeysuckle on the trellis, our front garden remained free of ash from next door’s bonfire,

Ash on pulmonaria leaves

and, although some the precipitation, such as this on the pulmonaria

Ash on Japanese anemones

and Japanese anemones, remains,

Dragon Bed

the fire has died down and we are able to see the garden views again, and beds like that of the Dragon are able once more to savour the sunlight.


This decorative dahlia

Oval Bed 2

sharing the Oval Bed with orange hawkweed,

Oval Bed

bidens, phlox, and rampant rudbeckia, basks in a more pleasant source of warmth.

Gladiolus and sweet peas 1

Gladioli and sweet peas retain their pristine whiteness;

Iron urn

contents of the iron urn cascade over the Brick Path;

Chrysanthemums 1

and these potted chrysanthemums enjoy the increase of light provided by the removal of the North Breeze jungle.

Stinging nettle in Elizabeth's Bed

Splendid stinging nettles, like this one in Elizabeth’s Bed, are making their presence felt. They will have to go.


Little cherry tomatoes are ripening;

View across grass patch

the grass looks lush;

View from Phantom Path across Weeping Birch Bed

and the Weeping Birch Bed,

Kitchen Bed

Kitchen Bed,

Rose GardenMirror in Rose Garden

and Rose Garden, fresh again.

Ladybird on dahlia

Now, what do we have here? “Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home; your house is on fire and your children are gone.”

This afternoon we are on our way to Emsworth for a family celebration of Becky’s birthday. We will stay overnight and I will report on that tomorrow. It will be an Italian meal at Nicolino’s.




      1. These ‘new’ ones are known as Harlequins. They’ve been getting commoner since the decline of the ‘traditional’ patterned ones, though it’s not thought they are actually displacing the ‘trad’ ones.

  1. Looking good.
    Those nettles remind me of my first painful introduction to them. Little did I know that wading through a certain field barefoot and barelegged was not a good idea …
    What is going to appear where the burnt woodland was?

  2. Derrick, in my attempt to reconcile with the recent acts of domestic terrorism in the US, your garden is a wonderful reminder of the beauty in diversity. Those among us who seek a garden filled only with white roses know not that our very existence rests upon such amazing diversity.

    Thanks, as always, for lifting my spirits <3

  3. Rain rain go away…
    I hope your ladybird elopes with our rain. Everything is now so wet here that the plants are rotting – even the grass on the lawn.

  4. Another wondrous tour of your gorgeous garden Derrick, those cherry tomatoes at my favourite, so sweet and juicy, and your Lady-bug picture reminded me of a poem of mine where I gave The Ladybug a mention, “I’m Feeing”, haha giving myself a free Bug plug….

  5. Exquisite garden! I enjoyed the ladybird poem which is very British and apt to your post. I can’t help but think that a dragon had woken up from Jackie’s Dragon Bed and caused all the trouble! ?

  6. You had me at dahlias, Derrick…wow…my dad was a master gardener…his favorite flower was the dahlia…he called it a Man’s Flower. Your garden is always a joy to see.

  7. I loved the strange bi-colour Dahlia and the shot of the flower with the ladybird. I tell you, you really should present some of your closeups to NatGeo.

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