Wedding Day Bouquet

The wind picked up speed today; the rain kept away; sometimes the clouds allowed the sun to put in an appearance.

While Jackie continued planting I carried out a token tidy and dead-heading diurnal poppies.

Here the Head Gardener carries her camera because Nugget had dived into the hole she was digging so she left the arbour to pick up her device and when she returned her perverse little robin had disappeared, but she lived in hope that he might return before she put it down.

This windblown pink climber attempting to enter through the window beside my desk encouraged me to wander around with my camera photographing

a range of flowers, details of which can be found in the gallery, accessed by clicking on any image.

Jackie may not have managed to photograph Nugget, but she did produce the above trio which again are explained in the gallery.

Unbeknown to either of us we collaborated on the production of the Wedding Day bouquet by each taking a range of shots of this rose which will soon be fully veiling the Agriframes Arch. Individual authorship will be revealed by accessing the gallery in the normal way.

Concerned readers may have noticed a little dead heading of roses was overdue. Have no fear, this was rectified later this afternoon.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s succulent sausages in red wine; creamy mashed potatoes; and firm carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli, with which I drank more of the Carles. Jackie had drunk her Becks on the patio beforehand.


  1. We had hailstones this morning! Lovely to see your garden looking so nice. Rosa Mundi caught my eye. I’m glad you have such a good sized arch for Wedding Day. It’s a giant!

    1. I will do my best Laurie, I keep forgetting to take my camera with me, he still comes and waits for me to uncover something unspeakable for him to eat, when I am digging and planting.

  2. I love your wedding day bouquet. Clever. Love the picture of Jackie weeding with one hand and holding her camera in the other. All of your flowers are stunning, but I do have a fondness for poppies.

    1. He certain is playing a little hard to get recently as he has produced and fed more than one brood,I suspect, but he has taken to following me around again as I dig and plant out seedlings.

  3. Wonderful Wedding Day bouquet!!! πŸ™‚ Your garden would be a beautiful place for a wedding ceremony. πŸ™‚

    I like seeing the photos in the gallery!

    Happy to read that The Waterboy was saved and continues to do his important job!

    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  4. I agree about the galleries. There are so many beautiful flowers and splendid shots by both you and Jackie that I can’t choose a favorite. I also enjoyed your clever wordplay with with the wedding bouquet and veiling. ?

  5. I thoroughly enjoy my visits to your garden.
    I know I’m repeating myself but I remain amazed at the difference a couple of hundred miles makes (approx) my rhododendrons have only just begun to flower. Daughter Sophie replenished my dead pots last week, and the others from last year are beginning to grow again but as yet no flowers.

  6. Derrick your gardens are so colorful. I miss working in the gardens with Terry in the land around our former Dallas home. We could spend hours and hours out there, just like you and Jackie in yours.

  7. These lovely photos are beautiful and soothing, Derrick and Jackie! That pair of pink poppies with the dark background is particularly eye-catching. Nice composition!

  8. Wow. Your garden is bursting with beauty.. Every inch filled and gorgeous. I love your closeups of flowers as well. You are the most ambitious gardeners I know and this is the best that I’ve seen your garden look over the years. Just gorgeous. I don’t understand about the wedding bouquet, though. Is this a real wedding bouquet? Tell Jackie she deserved a second Becks!

    1. Thanks very much, Judy. I will tell her. This really is the best year – most groundwork done and a mild winter. Wedding Day is the name of the rose over the Agriframes Arch.

          1. Ah, thanks, Derrick. how we need the reassurance of our friends..It is mainly that I have trouble locating things. My keys, glasses, your animal friends!!!

  9. The garden is looking better than ever, despite the peculiar year we are having. This is very kind of you, as it means I can enjoy flowers without doing any work myself.

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