The Ubiquitous Red Jacket

Jackie spent all this day of intermittent sunshine and clouds continuing her

weeding and watering, mostly in the Rose Garden.

I rendered minimal assistance while wandering round with a camera listening to the avian orchestral matins.

More clematises are now blooming;

Marie Boisselot blends with Erigeron cascading at her feet;

one we cannot name has scaled the gazebo;

pale pink Montana vies with blue solanum flung across this arch


over the Brick Path.

Splendid rhododendrons compete for attention in various locations such as

the Palm Bed with its spirea and cow parsley also seen

in front of the greenhouse in the Dragon Bed.

The Viburnum Plicatum stretches wide its ivory arms in homage to the West Bed.

Beautifully crocheted Hydrangea petals cap a container

beside the lawn.

Fuchsias like the delicate white Hawkshead;

Delta’s Sarah with her pastel pinks;

and this bright red bud bowing to the moon which will remind me of its name when it opens fully, provide their pendulous pleasure.

Variably hued heucheras extend their miniature Christmas trees.

Laura Ford graces the Rose Garden

over the entrance to which

sprawls Madame Alfred Cariere.

This garden bears much evidence of work in progress;

Jackie’s red jacket

seems to be everywhere.

The green plastic trug remains on the Gazebo Path where I deposited it yesterday while collecting up cuttings.

The path between the kitchen wall and the Pond Bed is still reasonably tidy.

Wallflowers, silene, companula, and aquilegias are happily blended in the Weeping Birch Bed which also contains some of prolific


The Copper beech is now quite well clad.

I returned to my computer in time to receive a FaceTime visit from the Australian branch.

It was so dark in Fremantle on the way back for Sam and Holly and their children that Malachi needed to empty special effects to penetrate the blackness.

When they arrived home everything was much clearer. I think.

This evening we dined on second helpings of yesterday’s sausages in red wine, with fresh vegetables. Jackie finished the Sauvignon Blanc and I finished the Rheinhessen.






  1. I always love your garden stories. Spring has always been my favorite time of year and your photos remind me of all the flowers that are soon to bloom at my house. So very lovely…

  2. I will echo everyone else with saying how beautiful your garden is.
    I don’t know the names of most flowers or plants, so you naming them always impresses me.
    Your title sound like it could be part of a mystery title.
    Your cartoon gang are delightful.

  3. This morning Derrick I’m being spoilt. I’m having a warm cuppa, being bathed in Autumn sunshine, and being able to peruse your magnificent gardens as I enjoy the start of a beautiful day….

  4. Wow, all so very beautiful!! makes my little gardens look very pitiful in comparison! much peace and light to you and yours. Michelle

  5. Garden is looking magnificent as it does each year you emerge from Winter. Love to see our grand kids in common face-timing you. We get a bit, They mainly love to talk to Hugh who has loads of patience with the them. I have only seen them from a far distance lately so will look forward to a real time cuddle soon. Hi to Jackie from Mick and myself. Gay.

    1. Hello Gay and Mick, it is really sweet that the kids are contacting D. Love to you both.

  6. Clematises look stunning. The arches of shower created by the sprinkler look like flowers. Jackie’s red jacket could have been woven with rhododendrons.

  7. I think you and Jackie have outdone yourselves with this one. So many beautiful flowers, arches, and meandering walkways! I’d love to get lost there in your garden. I hope you’re both getting enough rest.

  8. When Jackie asks, “Have you seen my red jacket?” You have photo proof of where it has been! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

    Love your Fuchsias!!! One of my fav flowers! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for letting all of us take a walk in your beautiful garden! πŸ™‚
    Jackie is probably thinking, “With all of you in the garden, it’s getting crowded!” πŸ˜‰ She probably wishes we’d help out a bit, too! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

    (((HUGS))) to both of you! πŸ™‚ <3

  9. Love the pictures of course. Heucheras are among my favourite plants, but my favourite bit from this post just has to be – “avian orchestral matins”

  10. Your garden is alive with love! I couldn’t help sharing a few of your photos with a link to your blog on my post today, Derrick. I hope you don’t mind! <3

  11. I am almost getting to learn the names of the flowers that you photograph. It is quite instructive that you put separately after the picture the name of the flower. Thanks for doing that.

  12. Your azaleas and rhododendrons are gorgeous. You have it all looking great! I can see why the red jacket is hanging on the cart rather than being worn!! :>)

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