Cervine Elegance

Occasional sunny spells on a clouded morning developed into bright sunshine by the time we drove into the forest this afternoon.

Jackie spent some time collecting cuttings with which to populate the

greenhouse pots.

The orange poppies that last just a day don’t normally emerge from the soil until spring. We have several clumps now. These, incongruously beside more seasonal asters, are in the Cryptomeria Bed

which also houses hot lips

still attracting bees.

The cryptomeria itself can be seen beyond the cordeline Australis lending its name to the Palm Bed;

it stands beside the laurel on the far right of the Phantom Path.

The deep red climbing rose soaring over its arch spanning the Shady Path also doesn’t know it is autumn,

although the Weeping Birch clearly has an inkling.

Elizabeth’s Bed

and the patio planting continue to flourish.

Pelargoniums still hang in baskets.

Nugget, this morning patrolled his fences. This fellow, I think, is a rival displaying discretion. I did see our own robin dive-bomb another which immediately scarpered, but he was too quick for me.

These autumn colours brighten Sway Road;

others burnished the landscape beside the A35,

and glowed beneath

an unnamed lane off Cadnam Lane,

along which clusters of mushrooms burst from the moss coating of a fallen log,

and bracket fungus clutched a living tree.

Pheasants, both cocks and hens, dared anyone actually to drive at the 40 m.p.h. limit.

On one side of Tiptoe Road a pair of ponies cropped the verge outside The Old Bakery;

several more slaked their thirst on a winterbourne pool on the opposite side.

A mare led her foal along the road

to add to the chaos caused by a broken down car.

Returning home along Roger Penny Way we were treated to a display of cervine elegance as a young stag stepped on pointe across the road in front of us.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s tasty and wholesome liver and bacon casserole (for recipe see Jackie’s comment below); roast potatoes and butternut squash; crunchy orange carrots, and bright green firm Brussels sprouts, with she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Saint-Chinian 2017.

83 thoughts on “Cervine Elegance

  1. I’m a tad disappointed in young Nugget’s cavalier attitude to sharing any part of his large kingdom. I am forced to ask how many teapots does one slightly rotund robin actually need? It’s nice to pheasants and young stags out and about and I do rather wonder how Tiptoe Road got its name ……

  2. You must have been quick on the uptake to get such a good shot of the stag, Derrick! Jackie’s greenhouse must be almost full to bursting with all her cuttings and delicate plants. The deep red climbing rose is such a gorgeous colour!

  3. The pheasants are so captivating…in style and colors! Maybe they were sent out to be Pleasant Pheasant Police to traffic the traffic. ??? πŸ˜‰

    I would just HAVE TO tiptoe down Tiptoe Road! πŸ˜€

    Love the climbing roses, the hanging leaves, the fungi, and the yellow leave-ed trees! Gorgeous! Your photos are alive and popping with color, details, texture, nature, and beautiful creatures! πŸ™‚

    Jackie inspires us all with her amazing abilities and her loving-care of the garden! Please make sure she gets some time to rest! πŸ™‚

    Nugget is trying so hard to protect his home and property! πŸ™‚

    I love your descriptions of the food Jackie prepares! The other day I saw orange, red, purple, and yellow carrots used in a savor tart…it was so pretty!
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…Thank you for a new word…cervine…to add to my vocabulary!
    PPS…And apologies for my l-o-n-g verbose comments.

  4. The weeping birch is beautiful. I didn’t know the word ‘cervine,’ and when I went searching for a definition, I misspelled it. While ‘cervine’ applies to deer, I now know that ‘corvine’ applies to crows.

  5. Things look so beautiful there, Derrick and Jackie! I love the pheasants, too. We see them wander across our farm from time to time. Mostly what we see are California quail as part of the regular cast of birds.

  6. I have peeped at your posts now and then and am now hooked – your garden is a beautiful contrast to the drought-stricken one we have in South Africa. I shall return to yours regularly now as balm for my soul.

  7. So much gorgeous fauna you managed to capture in close company with cars and civilians today! πŸ™‚

    But i think my favourite shot was of the ‘woodland forest’ of mushrooms where surely some fairies must wander at eventime?

    Love those orange poppies also, and to think only recently, you told me the poppies would not likely last till Armistice Day? it’s looking a little more likely now, I’ll wager? πŸ™‚

  8. That young stag is quite elegant. So many wonderful shots–the unnamed lane, the burnished landscape, the mushrooms. . .
    I hope there won’t be a serious robin turf war. I agree with comments above about Tiptoe Road–it would make me want to tiptoe, too. πŸ™‚

  9. I read a book to a three-year-old on Sunday at church that spoke of orange poppies, with a drawing of such. I doubted it, as I’d only seen the red sort. You are right on time as always πŸ™‚ though it seems that they think it is spring!
    So much colour in these photos. Love it–I haven’t seen pheasants since my last zoo trip

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