Garden News

Although the sun shone most of this dry day, the overnight winds remained decidedly brisk.

This afternoon I was swept round the garden in search of plants still enough for me to photograph them without panning.

These cosmoses now greet us across the kitchen door.

The patio planters and pots, as usual have caught the worst of the gusts that burst round the side of the house.

Our most rickety shed has happily survived.

Many blooms, like the nicotianas, now lean over paths, and we are still finding broken stems, such as this cosmos in the rose garden. Nevertheless this more sheltered spot still bears

intact examples alongside For Your Eyes Only.

Fuchias, such as the white and purple Delta’s Sarah; the blend of pinks Garden News; and the red and purple Army Nurse, are pretty hardy here.

Begonias, impatiens, and mina lobatas are not yet frostbitten.

Dahlias and Japanese anemones are enjoying their season, and still attracting bees.

Quite what this hollyhock rising from its bed is still doing up I do not know.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy chicken jalfrezi and flavoursome mushroom rice, with which she drank more of the Pino Grigio and I drank more of the ComtΓ© Tolosan Rouge.


  1. I love those busy bees, Derrick. Not put off by the wind at all. And on a poitive note, I note that the forecast suggests calm and sunny weather for a while now. Fingers crossed!

  2. You’ve had a lot of heavy winds recently – is that a normal pattern of the climate at this time of year? We’ve had three short thunderstorms in the last 2 weeks — much more than we normally see — I would say the climate has definitely changed here this fall! I, too, noticed the bees, who never stop working for their queen!

  3. Despite the wind, you’ve managed to get so many lovely shots. I can’t pick a favorite.
    The flowers all look so cheerful. πŸ˜€ I like the photo with the shadows.

  4. While it is always sad to see broken pots and bent over plants, I am confident your garden will soon look its beautiful self before long.

  5. Sorry to see those broken pots. Our winds this year only took one pot, but I still ran out like I was saving a life!!

    1. Anytime from now until next may, this year we had frost on plants through most of April, as a consequence every thing is a bit later than usual!

  6. Aw, on the downed pots and planters. πŸ™
    But, so glad the rest of the garden is still standing tall and showing off it’s beauty!
    You know I love the photo of the sun-n-shadows artistic masterpiece “painted” on the shed! (Dappled Orange Shed)
    We are having a very noisy-stormy day! And getting lots of rain from the big showy event! πŸ™‚
    I always love your fuchsia photos! I was intrigued by Army Nurse and did some research…I found this…

    A story of strength and beauty!
    (((HUGS))) <3 to you, Jackie, and your whole family! πŸ™‚

  7. I was especially taken with the white hollyhocks, but the photo of the shadowy shed is my favorite. It looks as though you’ll not soon be shed of your shed!

  8. The fuchsias at the start were a good choice to grab our attention. They’re lovely. The wind can be hard on your delicate flowers, but it looks like most of them survived.

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