On this bright and sunny afternoon, Jackie leapfrogged Mum’s perching stool down the garden, giving me three observation posts for a brief sojourn listening to the birds and pointing my lens.
I was able to look along the Brick Path
past the prolific clematis Doctor Ruppel
and the slightly scented rose Penny Lane, both intended to climb the Gothic Arch,
to clusters of ferns in the West Bed.
My favourite rhododendron could not wait until my return to burst into bloom in the Cryptomeria Bed,
which has its share of geranium palmatums
opposite heucheras in Margery’s Bed.
Across the Grass Patch can be seen a clump of Day Lilies
also on view along the Gazebo Path, the foreground of which is illuminated by the Chilean Lantern tree.
Foxgloves, like this one in the Palm Bed stand proud throughout the garden.
The rich orange marigolds are rampant in the Dragon Bed.
The slender poppy heads shown alongside these roses are those of the yellow and orange species that crop up everywhere. Ii is normally my job to cut them down to encourage new growth. It may be some time before I am fit to return to duties.
My choice of Tesco’s prepared meals this evening was chicken jalfrezi; Jackie’s was a pasta bake.
A delightful flower party.
Many thanks, Cathi
I love your garden. It just looks happy and content. Let Jackie know she is an angel!
Many thanks, Gizzy. Jackie liked ‘angel’.
I suppose I might have tried to imitate an English country garden in my own small border, since I have most of the perennials you highlight. I don’t believe I have heucheras, either. I love all of the views you are lucky enough to have, although the Gazebo Path, with it’s crushed gravel is my favorite!
Thanks a lot, Diane. That Gazebo Path is a firm favourite
Thank you Jackie for giving Derrick and hence us, more views of your beautiful garden.
Definitely my pleasure Mary but thank you all the same.
And thanks from me, too, Mary
Does Tesco deliver? It looks like Heaven there. The Penny Lane Rose is so delicate and pretty
I remember that name from other tours of Derrick & Jackie’s garden. Love Penny Lane.
Tesco does deliver, but Jackie has shopped for her stock and loaded the freezer until I’ve got my appetite back and she has less to do care-wise. Thanks a lot Pleasant
We are doing the same for my 21 year old son come home for a week soon
Such a beautiful and interesting garden, Derrick. 🙂
Thanks very much, Sylvia
Such beautiful pictures! *_*
Many thanks, Suri
How many years have you two been developing this garden now Derrick? It seems that every year it becomes more abundant and colourful. It’s such a joy!! Thank heavens for your mum’s perch!
I remember at some point there were parts that were dirt and bricks just being laid. You are right, Pauline: every year it gets better.
It’s amazing how quickly the soil responds to care and attention isn’t it – good for both of us to see 🙂 xo
Care and attention: yes – it’s good to see how powerful they are.
Thanks for the memory, Jodie 🙂
We moved in on 1st April 2014, Pauline. Many thanks
Wow – only 4 years ago? interesting!
Lovely Rhody, Derrick. Glad you are recovering ok.
Yes- that was my favorite.
Thanks a lot, Frank
Oh my! These are amazing photos, Derrick. The rhododendron is my favorite, too! Spectacular!
Thanks very much, Jill
Hope you heal and feel better soon, Derrick.
I’m so excited about your elegant, colorful garden, Jackie. You have the finest, best taste in complimentary colors paired together!
Very many thanks from us both, Robin
I hope you feel as good as those wonderful pictures made me feel as I scrolled through them. Simply blissful
Many thanks, Osyth. That makes it so worthwhile, especially as I was a bit wobbly yesterday
The garden is spectacular! I agree with others about the rhododendron (though I wouldn’t have know what it was). I really like the paths through the garden, too.
I love the thought of Jackie leapfrogging with the stool. 😉
Hardly ‘leap frogging’ ! Just shifting it forward and following it up the path Bit by bit, a, rather like using a Zimmer frame really!
However it’s done, good for you for doing it. 🙂
🙂 Jackie says “the chance would be a fine thing”. Many thanks, Merril.
So glad to see photographs of the garden again!!
Thanks very much, Lisa.
Wow how lovely derrick! Each and every flower is amazing
Thanks very much, Lynn
Tell Jackie that I think she is wonderful. You too Knight.
Many thanks, Flower. Jackie is chuffed with that
I loved the tour of Eden’s progress tonight. It was stunningly beautiful. But then I knew it would!!!
I absolutely adore foxgloves but they just won’t make it through out hot hot summers. So I find some in a pot at the nursery early on and set them on my patio. I like the idea that all of your beds have names. I think perhaps I shall have to come up with names for mine too. Hope you are well and feeling better and stronger every day. Hugs and blessings, Natalie 🙂 <3
Very many thanks, Natalie. So pleased you enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to wandering rather than perching 🙂
I’m sure you are. I was too! All I’m good time it will come to pass my friend❣️?
Oh oh, it looks like your lazy days are coming to an end. The garden call-eth! 😀
Thanks, Widders. It’s going to have to whistle for a while
Now that would be a spectacular garden! but ’til then we will leave the whistling to the birds.
Love Jackie’s comment! 😀
🙂 so did I
Many thanks, Cristina
Many thanks, Paol
I think the marigolds is my favourite picture.
Thanks a lot, Andrew. There are loads, from seeds from a planter dumped in a skip a couple of years ago.
Amazing how things grow when left to their own devices!
Some lovely photographs of your beautiful flowers!
Thanks very much, John
And, again, a quick recovery!
Many thanks, Rabirius
So pretty. I can almost smell the flowers.
Thanks very much, Leslie
Paradise…. Such a wonderful walk in your garden. 🙂
Many thanks, Amy
It must be good for your recovery – sitting in such a lovely garden.
It certainly gets me out there, Quercus, when my inclination is to flop.
Good to hear!
Wow! That rhododendron! How gorgeous.
It is amazing, Cheryl. Thanks very much
All my life I have hated waiting. It is changing as I get older, but not because I’ve become patient. It is more that I time has become an uncertain quantity that shrinks or swells depending on the dominant mood of the day. I’d say you are back with a (metallic) bang!
Thanks a lot, Uma. Something else we have in common.
Derrick, I would be delighted to walk through that garden. It is is lovely.
Very many thanks, Drew
Your wounded and repaired spots have impacted your eye–pretty flower scenes, as usual!
Funnily, I have sneezed sic times since reading this. Alas, though, it is allergy time for me over here with our similar flowering plants. I still get out among them regardless. Glad you are, as well.
Thanks very much, Cynthia
–make that seven times.
Thanks very much HGF