Sunshine And Shirtsleeves

Today was one of sunshine and shirtsleeves.

While Jackie worked on the Oval BedΒ I carried a few trugs of refuse to the compost bin, and a few cans of water to the Head Gardener. It may seem hard to believe that the plants need watering at the moment, but we have not received rain for a while.

We have bright magenta aubretia.

Bees are very much in evidence. Interestingly they seem to prefer yellow flowers, selecting that hue from this pot of tulips, particularly ignoring this

pale pastel specimen nearby.

Celandines have nestled beside one of the

two pots of tulips

brightening the Rose Garden.

We have a number of creamy yellow primroses

and golden cowslips.

Hoping that some would successfully germinate Jackie had buried clusters of wood anemone corms around the beds. We now have numerous clumps.

She is even more delighted to find the first blooms of her new camellia Jury Yellow.

Various euphorbias are also flowering.

Overhead, the copper beech still bears bare branches

The winter flowering clematis Cirrhosa Freckles continues to adorn the iron gazebo;

while summer snowflakes defy the season.

Jackie also photographed snowflakes with daffodils;

honesty which promises to be prolific;

new shoots on a pink carpet rose;

backlit honeysuckle leaves;

and her own perspective on the Rose Garden.

Nugget put in a few fleeting appearances, showed no interest in the worms the Head Gardener was unearthing, and declined to spare the time to pose.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s splendid chicken soup with crusty bread from the freezer. The soup consisted of the compost base made yesterday with plump chopped chicken breasts, crispy bacon, peas and sweetcorn. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank Mezquirez reserva Navarra 2013.

Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian 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

97 thoughts on “Sunshine And Shirtsleeves

  1. I do love the colour of the euphorbia! And glad to hear Nugget is out and about, though terribly busy. A pregnant missus will do that to you. I was relieved you didn’t call the soup ‘compost soup’ for that has a distinctly untasty ring to it, despite the fact it is morally, ethically and wholesomely good for you! ❀

  2. Well I certainly timed my trip to The Forest badly. What a glorious display. I bet that pink tulip will be visited when it opens a bit more. The lady who came to collect the bee swarm a while back told me bees don’t particularly like black and they see red as black.

  3. Shirtsleeve gardening weather! I wish it were so here today. It is cool and overcast with rain in the forecast for the next week. Your flowers are beautiful, Derrick and Jackie!

  4. If I gardened in a white shirt the result would be truly horrifying. I can’t believe how quickly the ground has dried out. There are even cracks appearing here. Clay. Hate it. Last week it was still a quagmire. Now it’s like concrete.
    Keep safe, both of you.

  5. Looks like a great day. I still love the tulip pots–and of course anything primrose as well. Between that garden and the meals you eat, you’re in paradise, Derrick.

  6. The tulips are wonderful. They were a standard spring flower when I was growing up, and I still enjoy seeing them. It’s a little too warm for them here, although some do try to grow them. It’s a chore, though, and not one I’d be willing to undertake.

  7. I loved the garden tour, so many beautiful flowers makes me want to come down and sit in your garden!
    I made my veg and ham soup for lunch yesterday thanks to your inspirational Compost Soup!

  8. You always seem to spur me on to find out things, Derrick. I wondered about bees and soon found out that they have FIVE eyes and can see ultra-violet (I had dim memories of that) .The ultra violet makes patterns on flowers and can help them find pollen.
    All about what bees can see, what colour they can’t see and wasps too at

    ttps://schoolofbees.com/can-bees-see-in-color/

    It’s not life changing but shows what clever little bees they are !

  9. We are in need of some rain, too. However, our tulips have not opened their buds yet and the Honesty doesn’t have have any flowers. The chicken soup looks good πŸ₯˜

  10. When I was a kid, the doctor told me I was allergic to bees. He warned that they are attracted to perfume (of course), body odor and the color yellow. So there you are, your yellow follows proved it.

  11. Oh what utter gorgeousness! Your garden is such a prize and such a reminder of what love and hard work can achieve. A special shout out for the soup …. I can smell is comforting aroma from here. 🍲

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