I wasn’t able to dead head all the roses today, although I carried out quite a long session with secateurs before my knees suggested that a rest might be in order. After taking one, it seemed likely that spent buds would not spoil any photographs, so I wandered around with the camera.

Here are four Rose Garden views with individual shots of Aloha, Absolutely Fabulous framed by a foxglove crescent, Gloriana, For Your Eyes Only, Rosa Gallica; and Ballerina dancing attendance.

Roses elsewhere include Wedding Day just coming into bloom on the Gothic arch; the peach rose in the Oval Bed; and Compassion beside the Dead End Path.

Bees continue to swarm around the yellow bottle brush plant and the valerian.

Purple lamium and blue petunias share one of Jackie’s pots; cosmoses feature in others. Our day lilies are proliferating; fuchsias Delta’s Sarah has proved to be hardy enough to survive our winter.

The kitchen wall display has benefited from all the recent rain.

The Palm Bed is named for the cordeline Australis which can be seen beyond its compatriot eucalyptus.

These three views are of the Phantom Path; the Shady Path; and the junction between the Brick and Gazebo Paths, the latter of which is shown from both directions.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s classic cottage pie, firm carrots, and tender runner beans with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Navarra Garnacha Roble 2017.

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.

92 thoughts on “Compatriots

    1. Just the other side of the window, is your lovely light catcher, sometimes you can see it in the photos.

  1. Rose, roses everywhere – how splendid! I don’t know the names of any of them (nor any other flowers, to my shame), but the pink one in full bloom, combined with red buds, literally took my breath away.

  2. Beauties, all. I know it takes hard work, derrick, but this is the time of year when I marvel at nature and wonder how humans are so privileged to live on earth.

  3. Your garden looks wonderful. Love the kitchen wall. I have been away all week and missed the rain but there is a lot of maintenance to do now that I have returned.

  4. Those are heavenly photographs. They pop out of the tablet screen and freeze the moments. The views of those paths in your garden are so splendid and speak volumes of the hard work being put in by the Head Gardener and her Vice Admiral.

  5. All so beautiful, Derrick!
    I love seeing the yellow bottle brush! I’ve never seen one before! Just pink ones and red ones! πŸ™‚
    Oh, your roses are stunning! The smells must be heavenly! πŸ™‚
    HUGS to you and to Jackie!!! πŸ™‚

      1. Ooh. I look forward to your photos of it! πŸ™‚
        The flower bottle brushes fascinated me when I was a little girl!
        My mom made us use a real-bottle-brush thingee to clean certain glasses, etc. when washing dishes. So the flower bottle brushes were fun to look at! πŸ™‚

  6. That Cordeline is outstanding Sir! I put it down to Jackie’s excellent care!

    Such a wonderful garden to relax and take all the beauty in. (After all the hard work is done, of course!) πŸ™‚

  7. It’s all so beautiful, and your photographs are stunning, too. I love all the paths–with names–that you and Jackie have, but I also like the kitchen wall display. This made me laugh: “Compassion beside the Dead End Path”–something one would hope to find. πŸ˜‰

  8. I think I will get some valerian – has been wondering what might replace the strawberries near the oldest apple tree, now they are getting old. Have you noticed if yours attract cats?

      1. The reason for my question was because valerian is like as much as catnip, apparently. However, since the cats visit anyway, I was wondering if valerian by the trees would make a difference to the number of birds visiting.

  9. what a wonderful way to start the day with a wander through your garden, thank you for sharing, you have both created something beautiful in all seasons…

  10. Wow, I can only ad to other comments that your garden is in magnificently full foison. All the rain we’ve had lately, after a spell of sun, has sent everything racing away up here too.

  11. Oh, that header photo of your fairy garden at night – I love it! Everything looks fabulous. I remember photos from years ago when the rose garden (I think) was mostly dirt and some bricks. What a job you two have done!

    I have that exact purple lamium. I love it! I use it as a border everywhere. Now I want to try it in a pot!

  12. Thank goodness the ground is soft enough for me to do some weeding! Currently my bees are favouring the Deutzia and they are mad about a plant which I can only possibly identify as a Cotoneaster Horizontalis which seems to have very very tiny closed up flowers, which you could hardly call flowers but they love the plant.

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