At the beginning of June we watched a cumbersome pigeon nest building. This morning, as I worked my way through blog comments I noticed the potential parent bird seemingly incubating. The first of these photographs was taken through my window; the second from the garden.

Because of this sighting I was quite hesitant to begin my planned project in the front garden this warm and humid morning, so began by starting the pruning of the Félicité Perpétue rose which is furthest away from the nest. After about 20 minutes I started weeding th gravel path which didn’t seem to upset the wood pigeon. After lunch I returned to the task. The bird was gone and, although we could see it, the nest seemed empty.

The third of these photographs taken by Jackie constitutes “Where’s Derrick?” (4). Despite the obvious clues, enlargement may be necessary. The fourth image is of the footpath through the bed.

This is how far I got before stopping for the afternoon. There is a compost bin beside the trug beneath the overturned chair, but I will clear the footpath to it before I empty the trug.

Jackie has spent much of the last few days weeding and planting the beds around it and manicuring the lawn. She proudly photographed the results of her efforts.

She also focussed on the Pond Bed and a garden view around the Shady Path.

Later, I watched the Women’s Wimbledon tennis matches between Angelique Kerber and Coco Gauff, and between Emma Raducanu and Ajla Tomljanovic.

Dinner, taken on a tray seated in front of the television consisted of two prawn preparations, namely tempura, and hot and spicy served on Jackie’s special fried rice, with which I drank more of the Rioja while the Culinary Queen abstained.


  1. Jackie is rightfully proud. You both do so much work in the garden–it’s beautiful.
    I wonder if you will see eggs in the nest. It’s kind of exciting.

  2. Everything is so beautiful, and looks like very professional job by you both! You and Jackie have a bit of paradise there. <3

    Congratulations to your pigeon residents on successful nest building, and I hope some young will appear before too long. 🙂

  3. I don’t recall ever seeing your patch of lawn nor the section leading to the driveway. There’s clearing a lot to explore and enjoy in your garden 🙂

  4. You blend in behind the greenery very well, Derrick, but you are still visible in the top right corner.
    The lawn is impeccable; the Head Gardener is more thorough than a manicurist in a fanciest salon.

  5. Your garden is a real haven for the two of you — and for the birds! I hope you can enjoy it sometimes without the need to keep working on it!

  6. Manicured, indeed – you are such a great team.
    The very evident harmony of your wonderful plants and the wildlife in your garden is a testament to a huge amount of hard work and your expertise; totally inspirational! 🙂

  7. Tonight I enjoyed sharing your blog with our neighbor/friends – and telling them about what great gardeners you are… and what a great job you do with your camera. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I’m impressed with Jackie’s work with so many interesting delights around the curve of the lawn. You might have highlighted it before, but I’m curious about that light colored tree trunk and the ? turtle next to it.

  9. The garden looks splendid indeed: a feast of botanical delights set off by the beautifully manicured lawn. You both deserved to have a ‘lap supper’ whilst watching Wimbledon.

  10. Your garden gets prettier every day.
    sigh…I really miss my garden. Our neighbour mowed the lawn today and sent some photos.
    I look forward to your next post, Derrick.

  11. There are so many interesting details here – the little red fence, the stone edging etc. My sweetheart uses the term ‘glorious garden gallimaufry’ for his favourite style of gardening and this post brought it to mind.

  12. Another busy morning. And if I was Jackie I would be snapping every two minutes. So much to be proud of.

  13. For a minute I thought you had posted photos of a visit to the Hampton Court Garden Festival. I was just imagining “And the Gold Medal goes to Mrs J Knight for her entry “Cottage Garden with Scarecrow” when I drifted back to reality . . .

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