This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/09/06/a-knights-tale-28-three-monarchs-in-quick-succession/
While we continue to experience the dry scorching heat of an Indian summer, our containers need watering at least once a day. Occasionally diverting for a little dead heading I carried out this task this afternoon while Jackie
completed and photographed the progress of her refurbishment of the front garden garage door planting.
Later, while we sat on the decking with Diet Coke for Jackie and fizzy water for me, I photographed the little fuchsia Mandarin Cream; a bushy hibiscus; pretty petunias in hanging baskets and on the decking itself with lobelias, impatiens, variegated ivy, and jasmine whose flowers are over; views of the Dragon Bed and the gazebo; a stand of begonia pots; and shadows cast on a New Zealand flax.
I then stepped into the Rose Garden and photographed hydrangea Lanarth White: two different stages of Aloha, the red of which fades to pink over time; Gloriana, now too high for me to reach with secateurs; deep pink Special Anniversary; and the ever golden Absolutely Fabulous.
This evening we dined on succulent roast chicken; tasty gravy; boiled new potatoes. crunchy carrots and cauliflower; and fried mushrooms, with which Jackie drank more of the Pinot Grigio, and I drank more of the Dao.
So many beautiful photos as always, Derrick and Jackie! ❤️??
Thanks very much from us both, John
Your Absolutely Fabulous looks absolutely fabulous, Derrick, and so are the rest of magnificent roses.
Thank you so much, Dolly
You are very welcome, Derrick.
I was struck of the Absolutely Fabulous as well!
Another beautiful gallery, Derrick! I also noticed the link, and have come to the realization that I have a TON of catch up reading of “A Knight’s Tale”. I’ll be going back through your posts….
Much appreciated, Maj
No forest drive today? Your garden continues to impress.
Sometimes gardening has to take precedence, Pat. Thanks very much for noticing.
It is good to see the Crown Princess flourishing.
I thought you might like that, Tootlepedal. Thanks very much.
Your garden stuns while mine is beginning it’s descent. My pots need replanted, too, but at this time of year a deadening frost could be around the corner. Yours looks so pretty though . . . I may just give it a go this year and see what happens.
Good luck, Jodie. Thank you very much
Lately, it seems like our weather has been much like yours. We are back to the heat and humidity after a brief taste of cooler temperatures. Your garden is still going strong!
Thank you so much, Jill.
A few weeks ago Norm positioned lattice frames on the left of our shed door and on the right side wall where the love seat is. With lock-down We haven’t been able to travel out of our 5km restriction zone and all 3 nurseries are more than that. Planting more than the vines I put into pots, the rest will need to wait. You have done a beautiful job, Jackie. Your roses are gorgeous too.
Thank you so much from us both, Chrissy. Let us hope your centres will open soon
That refurbished garden looks very nice!
Thanks very much, Laurie
Mandarin Cream is such a fanciful name for a flower!
It sure is. Thanks very much, Liz
You’re welcome, Derrick.
It is so bright in your garden, I had to blink twice! Just lovely
It must have been the Roses. Thanks very much, Pleasant
Despite the Indian summer, everything looks so beautiful ??
A wonderful garage door … that’s not really a door, nor a static eyesore, adorned with hanging plants by the score…
Thanks very much, Poet Ivor
I ditto your poetic rendering, Ivor. Well spoken … begging to be spoken out loud … so I did!
Thank you Jan for kind remarks ??
Well, that is a tribute to Indian Summer! The front garage door wears a majestic look, as do the gathering of assorted floral beauties.
Thank you very much, Uma
Beatiful colors! I am inspired by seeing the progression of Jackie’s design at the garage door.
Thank you very much, JoAnna
We see the results so frequently – and admire them – that it is fun to get the behind-the-scenes peek again at what goes into the beauty of your garden. Doubtless Jackie has a clear picture in her mind of what she wants to achieve – and does so beautifully!
Thank you so much, Anne
lovely refurbishing – pretty dolours
Thank you very much, Catherine
Your garden is still looking beautiful, almost as though it is the height of summer.
I do like the new planting in front of the now obsolete garage door. I’m guessing the old garage is now incorporated into the house.
Thanks very much, Sue. Here is one of a series of posts on what happened to the garage: https://derrickjknight.com/2014/05/05/hours-in-a-library/
Thank you for the link, Derrick. What a fantastic comprehensive library you have.
That’s a lovely shade of blue in your first few photographs, really nice.
Thanks very much, John
Jackie’s garage door must be the most beautiful in the area – I’m sure both people and wildlife appreciate all the effort put into the planting – so inspiring.
Don’t roses have wonderful names – & colours – especially, as you note, how their hues change through the season!
Thank you very much, Emma. We only remember the names of those we planted – provided the labels have remained intact 🙂
The garage door has become a canvas for Jackie to paint a living masterpiece! Gorgeous!
Thank you so much, Carolyn X
It sounds like a lovely day spent in your garden. I like how you have so many and such specific garden areas, even the “front garden garage door.” The Crown Princess is beaming.
Thank you so much, Merril
Excellent as always!!
Thanks very much, GP
Thank you very much, More
You’re welcome Derrick
Wish I could send you some of our rain. No watering necessary here exeept for plants under cover.
Such a strange reversal, Judy. We are up to 30C today. Thanks very much for the thought
I was also curious about your garage door planting. Have you covered up your garage door? If not, was it the trellis arrangement and if so why did you call it a garage door arrangement. Sorry. Just perpetually curious.
This is one of a series showing what we did with the garage: https://derrickjknight.com/2014/05/05/hours-in-a-library/
Thanks for asking, Judy
So the trellis and plant collection was in front of what used to be the door of your garage? Impressive collection of books. I don’t think I had discovered your blog yet in 2014 or perhaps I just missed that one.
The door is still intact, but boarded up inside. A dehumidifier is in permanent use to protect the books. Thanks for following the link, Judith
Still so many lovely flowers.
Thank you very much, AnneMarie
It’s always a pleasure to see photos of your beautiful garden and the Absolutely Fabulous is gorgeous! Your library is quite impressive, by the way.
Thank you very much, Eugi. 50 years’ collection – stopped 10 years ago
Well, it is quite amazing and you’re welcome.
Your gardens still look so lovely in spite of the heat. I have a Rose of Sharon, I think it s in the hibiscus family, with blooms the same color as your hibiscus. It has been heard keeping it going during the drought. Forecast is for temperatures in the lower 90s today.
Good luck, Lavinia. Thanks very much
gorgeous flowers as always, Derrick!
Thank you very much, Lola
Lovely flowers Derrick. How nice to see your garden again!
Thank you very much, Geetha