A Wee Bit Harsh

Derrick dead-heading For Your Eyes Only



Early this morning, in the front garden, I photographed nasturtiums;

Petunias in hanging basket

double petunias in a hanging basket;

Clematis Mrs N Thompson

clematis Mrs N. Thompson, now taking over from the pink roses on the trellis;

Clematis Ville de Lyon

and another, Ville de Lyon, draped over the fence.

Moving to the patio, I admired the various planting groups, including planters and hanging baskets along the Kitchen Path.

A brief sojourn in the Rose Garden revealed, among others, the miniature Little Rambler, clematis Arabella; Creme de la Creme; a bee in a poppy; and Jackie’s new creation, Rosa Canoris Forkii.

This made me determined to return later and join Jackie in a lengthy dead-heading session. I have to admit that I did get carried away with tracking bees and hoverflies, but, nevertheless, I thought the Head Gardener’s observation that there was more photography than dead-heading being carried out, was a wee bit harsh.

This afternoon I dozed through two World Cup football matches. It doesn’t much matter which they were.

Before dinner, we enjoyed a drink on the patio. I saved some of my Doom Bar to accompany Jackie’s splendid chicken jalfrezi and boiled basmati rice. Having finished her Hoegaarden, Jackie had the pleasure of watching me.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

83 thoughts on “A Wee Bit Harsh

    1. Getting there, Geoff. But I am realising just how long it will be. It seems that “total” is the key word in my knee replacement – much more invasive than one without that word. The physio says it will be a year to 18 months before it is completely back to normal. Thanks for checking

  1. Jackie has taken a very lovely photo of you concentrating on whatever it is you are doing there….. And for some reason I am really taken with the photo of the nasturtium. I like them in a garden, but don’t often think they are anything to write home about – but here they are worthy of being written about! And not a caterpillar hole or brown spot to be seen!

  2. … aah, yes, dead-heading, that reminds me what I must do tomorrow morning, Derrick. I love the vibrant colour of that Ville deLyon clematis. Must look for one of those.

  3. Love the comment on the World Cup games. They put me to sleep, too. It always pays to read your posts right to the end to get to the zingers you sometime hide there. This one did not disappoint.

  4. You’re gardens are amazing Derrick. Bravo! How’s your knee comming along. How much degrees of flexion are you currently able to do?

  5. So glad to see you out and about and even working the that BEAUTIFUL garden of yours. I might just have to create some kind of bed outside and just sleep out there. Such a delight to visit you and your glorious piece of Eden!!! Love and hugs, N πŸ™‚ ❀

    1. Many thanks, Natalie. Two of our flower beds are named after a sister and a friend. When Becky saw this, she said it was a bit harsh making Elizabeth sleep in the garden X πŸ™‚

  6. We had drinks on the patio tonight, too. Such a lovely evening for them. As for taking pictures of flowers…if Jackie wasn’t such an amazing gardener, then you wouldn’t be so tempted.

  7. Next World Cup, there’ll be lots more teams and lots more games. Hopefully, we’ll get the chance to see Western Samoa v East Timor and North Korea v South Sudan.

  8. WELL done Derrick, you seem to be coping ok in the garden, and thank you for all the lovely photos, despite the “harsh remarks” (Hehe)

  9. Such beautiful photos. I can’t decide which is my favorite.
    Is your house named Post House?
    But I woke up for the end, I often hear from my husband. πŸ˜‰

  10. With everything looking so lovely, it’s difficult to pick a favorite, but that Rose Festive Jewel is the orange/peachy color I like the best. You and Jackie must burst with pride each day when you go out there!!

  11. Nasturtiums are a favorite of mine – I planted the seeds this year and they are doing well but nowhere near to blooming.

    You are both looking well, and your garden gets more stunning each year.

  12. Oh, and dead heading? I realize that I hate it mostly because I sometimes can’t tell a spent bloom from a un-blossomed one. Some of my plants are obvious, but some are a crap shoot.

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