One That Didn’t Get Away


In anticipation of the expected 45 m.p.h. winds we were out early this morning battening down the hatches.

Chairs and plinth grounded


Hanging basket on ground 1Hanging basket on ground 2Hanging basket on ground by eucalyptusHanging baskets on ground 1

and hanging baskets were grounded;

Phantom Path

trugs, like this blue one on the chair at the west end of the Phantom Path were upended;


I lifted this flowering gladiolus’s broken stem and wedged it between another and the bamboo support. It was rather ragged but deserved a lift.

Small white butterfly on Japanese anemone

This Small White butterfly hadn’t heard the weather forecast.

Dahlias Coup de soleilDahlias, poppy etc

Iron urn

Dahlias, of course, are in season;

Verbena bonarensis

verbena bonarensis goes on for ever;


salvias and snapdragons still thrive,

Begonias etc

as do some begonias.

Rosa glauca hips

Hips, like those of Rosa Glauca, glow, glistening.

kniphofia 1

Kniphofias are having a second flush,

Rose Garden 1Rose Garden 2Rose Crown Princess Margareta

as are roses, including Crown Princess Margareta, although most are showing signs of age.

Kitchen BedElizabeth's BedSouth end of gardenGazebo Path 2Gazebo Path 1Cryptomeria Bed

Most of the beds are still vibrant.


We have many ferns. A Japanese Painted Lady sits in the centre of these.

Jackie planting bulbs 1Jackie planting bulbs 2

Jackie spent some time planting bulbs,

Jackie digging up bramble 1

and dived into the Kitchen Bed

Jackie with bramble

to emerge like a triumphant angler with a lengthy bramble.

Sid has now joined Aaron in AP Maintenance. Today they switched to the afternoon. By then the wind had really got up and the rain began to fall, leaving its mark on Jackie’s lens when she took some of ,these photographs. In less than two hours

Sid mowing lawn

Sid mowed the grass;

Aaron pruning eucalyptus 1Aaron pruning eucalyptus 2

 Aaron transformed the eucalyptus, seen here blowing in the wind,

Aaron and Sid checking eucalyptus pruningEucalyptus

to this;

Cordyline Australis

the pair removed an extraneous buddleia, thus revealing the trunk of a Cordyline Australis which they stripped of dead lower foliage;

Cypress clippings

smoothed out the gravel on the back drive, and took away all their cuttings and the contents of one of our orange bags.

Weeping birch 2Weeping birch 1

The boughs of the trees, for example the weeping birch, were whipped by the wind, and, by the time the maintenance crew had left, the rain was hammering down.

Shelly and Ron visited this afternoon. Ron investigated our drainage system; I printed the pictures from Ron’s party for them; and Shelly brought some of her own freshly picked runner beans which Jackie and I ate for dinner, along with chicken marinaded in Nando’s tasty mango and lime sauce, mashed potato, and carrot and swede mash. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Fleurie.






  1. Crown Princess Margareta, now Queen of Denmark, is definitely looking a bit tatty – the rose is not bad. I have never heard the word “trug” before in my life – what an excellent word!

  2. Beautiful photos and evidence of the maintenance to keep your garden looking so beautiful.
    I hope the storm isn’t too bad. We have family and friends in Florida who are facing the hurricane.

  3. I wonder if the wind gets to your place and says ‘Bah, humbug – these people take all the fun out of my blowing!’ It seems like ll the world has gone out in sympathy with the peoples of the Caribbean and southern US. It’s windy and wet here today too.

  4. Looks like it is the season of storms on Planet Earth. Your garden enjoys enviable patronage however. It seems all spruced up like a bride for the tryst.

  5. Your gardens still look so colorful going into autumn. Jackie and Aaron have worked hard!

    It is the season of storms. All eyes on Florida here as the hurricane approaches.

    1. Apparently we have to prune our eucalyptus occasionally because they thrive on the occasional fire, that of course is not a natural phenomenon here, but I was assured that it would ‘go crazy’ next year now that it has been pruned. It was looking a bit tatty, and had a lot of dead branches. As a specimen tree in our garden it needs to look half decent, don’t think I would bother if it was one of many!

      1. I see. They do self prune so dead branches are normal (they’re not called widow makers for nothing). Fires are not natural in Sydney gardens either 🙂 However it is probably not used to the cold.

  6. Busy bees; one and all! It appears everyone fulfilled their goals for the day and then some. Phantom Path. I do enjoy the names you and Jackie give to various parts of your garden. Keep safe. ?

  7. Wow, it’s good to be prepared. You live in a wonderful place, so many beautiful plants! I bet they attract all kinds of wildlife, especially in spring and summer.

  8. Like a good ‘angler’, did Jackie keep mom on where she found that long stretch of bramble? We love our Japanese painted lady ferns and have several in front of a picture window. They had such a nice touch to our front garden. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed the walk thru your garden and I’m looking forward to more of it, as it transitions through the coming seasons.

  9. Ik ben blij dat Aaron & Sid de boel een heel, klein, beetje in de hand houden, want soms denk ik wel: Les is more Jackie.
    Meer dan de helft van al die hutsefruts, aan tuinhuisjes en aan schuttingen bijvoorbeeld, kan gewoon weg. Het staat gewoon op en naast elkaar … Oké, zij kocht het toen destijds in 2015, het stond toen zo gezellig: Afblijven!
    Ik zelf ben ook een ontzettende rommelkont … ‘De ketel verwijt de pot dat hij zwart ziet’ … , zoiets … Amsterdam, 29 – 8 – 2020 * *

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