Cheers Laurie And Clif

My contribution to Jackie’s general garden maintenance this morning was

making a start on weeding the gravelled Gazebo path. I will need to consult with the Head Gardener about these forget-me-nots spilling under the iron wheels.

Brick Paths will need to wait their turn;

I am not looking forward to the Back Drive which I may resort to spraying with something unpleasant – the gravel, not the borders.

In the front garden the crab apple blossom is chasing the last of the remaining cherry flowers.

Accompanied by the magnolia Vulcan, several camellias continue to bloom,

as do numerous tulips.

Daffodils and honesty are keeping pace.

Bluebells are becoming prolific.

The rescued red maple in the Pond Bed is again brightening the views.

After lunch, Jackie cut my hair.

While we enjoyed our pre-dinner drinks on the patio, Jackie photographed a pair of rooks on the copper beech, wondering whether Russell had found a mate; the now lonely preening collared dove who has lost hers to a predator; and the starling bringing food to his family in the eaves.

We then toasted Laurie and Clif, our blogging friends in Maine.

Jackie’s drink was Hoegaarden, mine more of the Malbec, continued with our dinner of fried chicken, mushrooms, onions and potatoes, served with boiled carrots, cabbage, runner beans, and tasty gravy.

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

109 thoughts on “Cheers Laurie And Clif

  1. Your garden is the epitome of springtime! And the birds are also in mid-spring! My neighborhood has a confused bird that sings loudly all night — I think a mockingbird, as it sings everybody else’s songs!

    1. I’d put good money on your bird being a mockingbird. They do love to sing at night. He’s not confused — just really, really eager to attract a mate. “Look at me! I’m not lazy! It’s 4 a.m. and I’m singing!”

      1. I think you’re absolutely right! It is mating season, after all — I just hope he finds a mate soon, so I can get some sleep!

  2. I don’t suppose you ever saw Nugget again, eh? We were all so attached to him. He would have loved how well your garden has grown, prettier every year!

  3. I am a little bit jealous. We had snow this week, temperatures went beyond freezing and it’s supposed to be in the 80’s on Wednesday the coming week. It’s officially crazy April weather.

  4. I have a few bulbs coming up that have lost their tags, or faded. I love tulips; purple in particular.

    Great garden photos they really do show off Jackie’s creativity.

    mmm… I have been wondering about Nugget too.

  5. I love the tulip collage with it’s beautiful, complimentary colors. And I love your garden pathways. I create paths in my backyard urban forest. It’s always hard to decide about the pretty spillovers. Sometimes they can be relocated.

  6. I forgot to mention… The dove pair that I feared had suffered loss are back again, together. Not only that, they have a youngster in tow! While we’re toasting Laurie and Clif, I believe I’ll raise a toast to that pair, too!

  7. A delightful post filled with good cheer, beautiful colours, interesting snippets about the birds. I am reading this on a dark autumn morning while I enjoy a cool breeze coming through the window. Once the sun is up we will be heading for thirty degrees plus (Centigrade that is). Your garden must be a wonderful place to wander around in!

  8. I can already anticipate long hours of maintenance to make the garden weed free. The tulips are beautiful and holding their own in the assemblage. It’s nice how you folks keep track of the birds that have found a home in the garden.

  9. Your garden is full of colorful spring beauty–such lovely camellias, tulips, and cherry blossoms.

  10. Looks AND sounds like a beautiful day!
    I love seeing all the birdies!
    OOH! I hope Russell found a mate! Is her name Sheryl Crow?!?! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›
    I’ve seen some finches, doves, and robins here this past week!!! πŸ™‚
    YAY for your haircut! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  11. I used to weed the patio on hands and knees, feeling very eco-considerate but then somebody showed me a weedkiller that lasted 4-6 hours before becoming completely harmless. Haven’t used the kneeling mat since!

  12. The garden is looking so beautiful… and just about weed free.

    I read how to make a weed killer spray – one part white vinegar to five parts water, though that seems a weak solution. I’ve used white vinegar for cleaning purposes but have run out, and try as we may none of our supermarkets have it.
    I wanted to try it on the weeds in the gravel square outside Joss’s bedroom.

      1. Apparently Spanish bluebells are bigger, stronger and more vigorous and are a threat to the native variety. A bit like grey squirrels and red squirrels.

  13. Great to be back to enjoying the hard work we put into our gardens. Great to be heading in the right direction – towards summer weather πŸ™‚ enjoy Derrick.

  14. A wonderful show; I love a cottage garden. Our bluebells have propagated themselves insanely in our small front patch. I keep saying I’ll thin them out, but cannot quite bear to as they look so amazing en masse.

  15. My toast is only camomile tea and it’s a few days late, but I hope it still counts. Did the Head Gardener spare the forget-me-not? I had been wondering about Nugget too. I’m glad he has left some Nugget minors.

  16. It’s looking so beautiful and colorful already! I appreciate having you share all that beauty with us, {{{Derrick & Jackie}}} – Amazing how many flowers you have in bloom already. I have a handful of daffodils and one tulip trying its best to bloom. That’s it! Your garden fills my soul! ❀

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