A Clutch Of Clematis

Today was once more hot, humid, and overcast.

This morning I printed a copy of my recent photograph of Aaron for his parents. His A.P. Maintenance tasks included the repair of

the door of the Orange Shed which had managed to beat the shed itself to collapsing;

and to level the uneven, sagging, brick footpath which had kept tripping me up in the

Rose Garden, from the south west corner of which can be viewed

this hydrangea and fuchsia Magellanica.

Chequerboard is another fuchsia hanging beside clematis Niobe which scales the Gothic Arch;

clematis Madame Julia Correvon forms a serpentine diagonal with her neighbour sidalcea;

another clematis tops the arch spanning the Phantom Path in this view from the Cryptomeria Bed to the greenhouse;

today’s final scene contains two more clematis climbing the kitchen wall, among petunias, pelargoniums, fuchsia Delta’s Sara, Erigeron and more.

After lunch I spent some time clearing up clippings from Jackie’s morning maintenance and carrying trug-loads to the compost bins. Reading occupied the rest of my afternoon.

This evening we dined on succulent roast lamb; crisp roast potatoes including ipomoea batatas; crunchy carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli; with meaty gravy. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Rioja.


  1. The garden continues to delight! And I love the kitchen wall, covered with flowered hats! It’s finally cooled off a little here — low 80’s rather than low 90’s for the next few days!

  2. It is very hot and humid here, as well. It will be near 100 F tomorrow.

    But your garden looks bright and comfortable. That kitchen garden wall shot is stunning!

  3. Thank you Derrick for all the wonderful flower photos, and definitely my 69th birthday (20th) has begun in bright and colourful way….

  4. Everything is beautiful. The orange shed looks great, and I love the kitchen wall! Glad you took time to relax this afternoon.

  5. The shed is an excellent photographic candidate in your romantic garden. I must say though it has severe competition from the floral population. The kitchen is a secret bower that churns out delicacies on a regular basis.

  6. Your garden is alive with color and joy! πŸ™‚
    How nice of you to give Aaron’s parents that wonderful photo of him! πŸ™‚
    Aaron does such important work! Glad the path is now even and safe to walk on.
    I look forward to hearing about what you are reading.
    Sweet potatoes and Potato potatoes pair well together!
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  7. You guys, I remember when you first started on that wall. I loved it then, but I had no idea the work of art it would become. That picture is just stunning! What abundance!

  8. the kitchen garden is so picturesque! every bloom in your garden is beautiful! such a spray of colors! our clematis is not doing well. it needs to be replanted come fall. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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