Today dawned dull and drizzle-wet. We ventured into the garden early – Jackie to inspect and, where possible, nullify the storm damage and I to empty refuse trugs then carry out some dead heading.

Jackie had a chat with Nugget when he came to sample what she had dug up for him. He is able to eat himself now, rather than fly off to the nest with the goodies. The last of these four pictures is “Where’s Nugget?” (90)

The only real damage was windburn such as browning and curling of these Japanese maple leaves.

As will be seen by this rain-bejewelled Rhapsody in Blue, I didn’t get very far with dead-heading before returning to the house.

I paused to photograph this inherited clematis which has taken advantage of the light made available by the lopping of the cypress, not yet draped by the climbing plants set to cover it.

Even such a day could not dull the charms of this kniphofia and pelargonium blend.

Rain eased up for half an hour before lunch, enabling is to carry out a little more work.

Here are raindrops on sweet peas, lilies, hemerocallis, and petunias. Galleries can be accessed by clicking on any image; each one can be viewed full size by clicking on the box beneath it. Further enlargement is then possible.

Later in the afternoon we continued a bit more. Nugget is now training another junior, perhaps from his latest brood.

This evening we dined on Mr Pink’s crisp fish and chips and our own jars of somewhat soggy and sharpish gherkins and pickled onions having been first opened before the lockdown. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Malbec.


  1. I’ve never heard of windburn before. I suppose it’s because we live in the woods and wind generally isn’t a problem.Found little Nugget. And few things are lovelier than raindrops on flowers.

    1. Nugget Junior is definitely learning, he is in the Silver Birch bed usually, I hope to watch him (or her) as the little red vest becomes visible.

    2. Good to see you back, Pauline. Unfortunately he will chase off his offspring when they get the red jersey, but wouldn’t that be an amazing sight. Thanks very much.

  2. Thank you for another delightful tour of your garden. I love the tropical rainbow colors of the ” kniphofia and pelargonium blend.” It’s always fun to see Nugget–Pauline’s comment made me laugh.

  3. Nugget is looking good! Hope the new Nugget Jr. thrives! 🙂 Love how close Nugget gets to Jackie! Reminds me of how the birds and animals loved Snow White and Cinderella! 🙂 I know Nugget is thriving because of having you two in his life! 🙂

    I always love seeing raindrops on flowers. The rain water is such a joy to them. 🙂

    Windburn is tough on all living creatures.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  4. I wonder about the nature of summer Derrick…. here I’ve chilly start, 2’C, but with no wind and cloudless sky, the winter sun will warm the day up 18’C….

        1. The weather is all over the radar, and forecasts, especially the thunderstorms, have been incredibly inaccurate. I thought we’d have a hot, dry summer but it’s proving to be quite the mixed bag.

  5. Nugget is so close to the Head Gardener, he knows she feeds him very well so he’s close for inspection 😉
    Gorgeous photos Derrick! Even after a storm these flowers are simply stunning! 🌸

  6. It was a pleasure to spend a bit of time with our Nugget and your raindrop-bejeweled blooms. We’re finally getting pouring rain, which has been sorely needed.

  7. I loved the expression “drizzle-wet”. Other than being an endless visual treat, your blog is also a repository of melodious prose, and I relish the daily servings. It’s good to see careworn Nugget return to his older self.

    1. Thank you very much, Uma. The influence of Gerard Manley Hopkins – I’m getting the confidence to use it, so your appreciation is important.

  8. Everything is beautiful, Derrick and Jackie! I do love these photos of Jackie and Nugget, and I am glad he is able to catch a little food for himself now. Let’s hope the next Nugget junior survives to carry on the line.

  9. I’ve been trying to get some work in between rain showers too. So far, today is dry, but it sure looks dark out there. Any moment, I suppose…

  10. Their colours are so nitid, almost sincere, if such thing could be said regarding colours of a flower. They are really good inspiration for Spring poems, though by here, we are already in Summer.

  11. Thank you Derrick… lovely images… I am afraid our small maple didn’t survive the frosts of two years ago.. The day lilies are still blooming proud and are exactly the same colour as yours here… Have a wonderful week.. A joy to see your garden in bloom . <3

  12. First time I’ve heard of wind burn. Does it potentially affect all trees or just certain types? We’ve got a number of birches that are exposed and prone to winds.

    1. Maples and cherries seem to be worse affected here. We are just a mile from the sea. Some newer branches don’t survive. Thanks very much, mrmhf.

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