A recent post from Sandra had me reaching for my copy of

I will simply refer you to Sandra’s review and say that I enjoyed this short book in my 1977 paperback edition.

Taking regular rests, today I was mostly occupied with irrigation and decapitation of garden plants,

More lilies are blooming on the patio;

we have a peripatetic plethora of hemerocallis, incorrectly called day lilies.

The last of these faces this small clematis climbing the trellis in the front garden,

and stands beside this fuchsia Delta’s Sarah.

Most hanging baskets contain petunias and trailing lobelias.

Bees were particularly attracted to geranium palmatums and yellow saxifrages.

In the Rose Garden, Just Joey has matured, and Alan Titchmarsh stands proud.

Both are visible in these images also including a red carpet rose and Love Knot.

Rosa Gallica has shed a tear over a Deep Secret.

We can drink in the beauty of Hot Chocolate.

Lady Emma Hamilton and Absolutely Fabulous converse with Crown Princess Margareta in the background;

and red valerian introduces

the deep red potted geranium at the edge of the Oval Path.

WordPress took note of my paperback’s title and flushed out everything that followed as soon as I had completed this post, so I was forced to do it all again. Grrrrr.

This evening I dined on Jackie’s glorious chicken jalfrezi; pilau rice; and onion bahji, with which I drank Peroni.


  1. It’s a good thing you’re taking care of the garden!! You have some very precious specimens blooming out there! And left you pre-made dinners – how lucky can you get?! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks very much, Drew. I couldn’t comment on your recent post, but wanted to say there is no pressure to view my posts – although I am, of course, pleased when you do.

  2. Thank you for the relaxing stroll through your beautiful garden. I admire you for your love of beauty and the consistent hard work that makes it possible. And I applaud you for your knowledge about your plants.

  3. WordPress does some strange things. πŸ™‚

    A Happy Birthday to you, Derrick! Looks like a lovely, flower-filled summer day in England was served up for you along with Jackie’s delicious food!

  4. Derrick, those Delta’s Sarah are to die for! I also liked the photo you posted previously of Hawkshead. It is one fuschia I’ve never been able to grow. I’ve had many cuttings that have done well initially but they’ve never lasted long.

  5. Oh, I’ve just seen some birthday wishes …. so Happy Birthday Derrick!

  6. Rosa Gallica has shed a tear over a Deep Secret. – just lovey.

    Everything is stunning. Jackie will be glad to read that you are caring so well for her babies.

        1. While I was studying for my A Level English my excellent teacher encouraged me to write poetry. That probably qualifies as another life. Thanks very much Jodie.

  7. Gardens are gardens and flowers are flowers, but they need excruciating schedules of maintenance to bloom in such exuberance, and that is the point up to which it is possible for ordinary gardeners. To make them come alive and begin whispering, communicating, frolicking and romancing with each other, one needs powerful incantations of a wizard like you. Your diction and style are inimitably exquisite and startling:

    Rosa Gallica has shed a tear over a Deep Secret…

  8. I wonder what WordPress has against the word ‘Flush’??

    I hope my comment won’t be flushed when i say that your Hot Chocolate has a most beautiful rouge flush about it that borders on it being a blushing rose? πŸ™‚

    Fine pictures of a fine garden on a fine Summer’s day – lovely to see.

  9. Grr on WordPress! Sometimes it is frustrating! πŸ™

    It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite of your flower photos…but I will say, today, your roses, your fuchsia, and your lilies just brought the biggest smiles to my face and my heart! πŸ™‚

    How are you doing today, Derrick?
    HUGS for all and hope Jackie is having a marvelous time! πŸ™‚

  10. I feel like re-reading the book πŸ™‚
    Your garden is amazing, and the Head Gardener deserves all the best praises.

  11. Orange day lilies grow everywhere in this part of the world. They’re almost like weeds. The grow in ditches at the side of the road and in abandoned lots among the rubble. I love them for their survivor instincts.

  12. Derrick, you probably grow weary of me saying this, but a walk through your garden (and perchance a quiet trip through the countryside) each morning brightens my mood for the entire day. I can never thank you enough for allowing me to tag along on your journey.

  13. Thanks for taking the time to re-create your post for us, Derrick. I love love love your garden, and it seems that almost every time of year is a good time to find something special there, but summer wins. The dark lilies are wonderful, and I have a soft spot for clematis. But those roses. Wow. My fave is Hot Chocolate, as well as your clever introductions to them all.

  14. Oh dear, Derrick, I saw the title and beginning of this post and feared it was reading Flush that had caused the ‘Grrrr’. And in a way it was! Sorry about that! πŸ™‚ Beautiful shots as always and on another note, I was surprised to learn that day lilies and hemerocallis are not one and the same πŸ€”
    Name nothwithstanding, I like the idea of a peripatetic plethora of them!

      1. Ha! Not a problem at all! A thoroughly enjoyable post as ever, especially considering that you had to write it twice! πŸ™‚

  15. Flush is one of my favorites. I would love to see a copy with Vanessa’s drawings. Your garden looks so lush and healthy. It is only July, and my garden is already looking hot and tired. Like me!!

  16. WP has a mind of its own, which doesn’t always coincide with our minds, unfortunately. Oh well, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio…”
    Until I saw your glorious colorful lilies, Derrick, I’ve always thought of lilies being only white, and thus somewhat funereal. Perhaps, reading Remarque’s Three Comrades as a teenager had something to do with it. I am glad your photos have changed this perception.
    Still, the roses are Kings and Queens of the garden! My compliments to Head Gardener, as always.

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