Parts I Haven’t Been Able To Reach

On a hot, sunny, afternoon, aided by a crutch, I walked down the Brick Path to the top of the Back Drive, where Jackie provided me with three more perching spots.

I couldn’t resist periodically stopping en route for a few shots from a standing position, sans crutch.

Once settled at the top of the drive I photographed two types of Erigeron in the New Bed; planting of solanum, begonias, and petunias in baskets hanging from the dead Snake Bark Maple; Félicité Perpétue and poppies beside the compost bins; and clematis in one of the barrier tubs.

Moving to the other side of the barrier gave me views across the Weeping Birch Bed; the urns at the head of the Brick Path; and the Oval Bed with its two varieties of rose.

With the perch a bit further along the concrete patio I could view more day lilies; the Oval Bed with its Peach Abundance roses; and pale pink New Dawn clambering over the arbour in the Rose Garden.

A yard or two further forward I was able to picture Jackie’s newly planted alliums, repeated in the Palm Bed, opposite the poppies in Margery’s Bed.

Once I had had enough and returned indoors to rest my leg, Jackie took over the photographer’s mantle, producing her versions of the poppies; the Phantom Path with its flanking beds; and the view beside the Gazebo Path looking back to the house.

Today, I explored parts of the garden I haven’t been able to reach for a while.

This evening we dined on another excellent Forest Tandoori takeaway. Once again my main course was prawn jalfrezi; Jackie’s was chicken bhuna.





      1. Ah, it’s an American expression. Your backyard would win awards with your flower paths. We Americans try hard to have yards that look like yours!

  1. I hope, like the old Heineken beer commercial that you felt suitably refreshed after you reached the parts recently unreached.

      1. Honestly, poor you. I do hope this week brings more mobility and at less of a price. I guess it’s a case of slowly slowly catchy monkey but I do admire your fortitude. Both of you.

  2. Oh, ho! Moving ‘sans crutch’ again. This is exciting. Question. Is that an erigeron, the pinky-mauve daisy with the bee in the middle of one flower? Is it substantially larger than the teeny little white type or is it a particularly tiny bee? And you must be careful Derrick – if Jackie gets her hands on your camera too often you might become completely redundant!

  3. Ha ha – The title made me think you were going elsewhere with this post. I have that very same creeping lamium in my yard. I love it ! One of my mom’s students gave her a hanging basket of it years ago & she shared & now it’s all over my yard.

    Tell Jackie she has a great eye for photography as well as gardening.

    So glad to see your progress, Derrick. I’m sure it’s not all flowers and tasty dinners. Keep up the good work!

  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! I’m so glad you made it to the unreachable parts today for there is exquisite beauty to behold and imbibe therein. Love and hugs, N 🙂 <3 xoxo

  5. What beautiful flowers! They bring smiles and joy! Thank you for sharing them!
    So good to hear about you getting around! You are making good progress! YAY! 🙂
    A garden is a wonderful incentive to get out and about!
    (((HUGS))) for you and Jackie!!! 🙂

  6. Beautiful pics Derrick. Glad to hear you’re getting about better. Who is your gardener? How about sending him or her over here to do ours? It’s gorgeous!!

    1. Thanks very much, Sheila. Mostly Jackie with me helping. However, I won’t be able to do much this summer. Aaron, of AP Maintenance does a morning a week

  7. Your gardens are so beautiful and peaceful, Derrick and Jackie. That is a lot of work to keep them up. I agree, that is a lot of beauty to urge you on!

  8. When I read the title I got completely the wrong idea about the bits you wanted to reach. This probably says more about me than about the title. 🙂

    Good to hear you are gradually stretching yourself and improving.

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