Burgeoning Blooms; Snowballing Lichen; Lingering Leftovers

After lunch I published https://derrickjknight.com/2022/02/02/a-knights-tale-97-i-branch-out/

I then wandered around the garden with my camera and photographed

The mimosa in the last picture was planted in the North Breeze garden by the last resident, who kindly gave us the benefit of its hanging over our back drive fence. These are the burgeoning blooms.

Lichen is snowballing in more than one sense of the word.

Seedpods and heads linger from last year; fallen twigs remind me of the clearing up that must be done.

Into which category should be placed this pelargonium and a similar one having bloomed continuously since last spring?

Finally, I offer the next four pages of ‘The Highwayman’ featuring Charles Keeping’s marvellous illustrations:

This evening we dined on succulent roast lamb and mint sauce; crisp roast potatoes and parsnips; crunchy carrots; and tender runner beans, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Azinhaga de Ouro Reserva 2019.


  1. Your garden looks lovely, both the pretty blooms and the seed-heads and variously shaped skeletal remains of last summer.

  2. I can’t get over the green and blooms that you people have going on! Outside my window it is dead, dead, dead except for the white that is going on today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that you have blooms.

  3. Oh, so beautiful!
    And I always love those sweet pansy faces! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooh, on the lichen snowflakes…a wonderful new hairdo! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The pods, seeds, teasles, etc. are so fascinating and beautiful!
    I would put the pelargonium in the Determined category! ๐Ÿ˜‰ A reminder to all of us to not ever ever ever give up! ๐Ÿ™‚
    The details in those illustrations are amazing!
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Amazing garden photos, Derrick. I cannot tell you the joy it brings me to look away from my snow covered back yard and gaze upon the beauty of your flowers. You give me this every year – the promise of my own spring. xo

  5. So nice to see all those colorful flowers. I’m surprised you have so many so early. I do have a couple of crocuses blooming, but that’s about all.

  6. I like the pansies, honesty seeds and the persistent pelargonium. These drawings by Mr. Keeping seem to have more depth or softness.

  7. Todayโ€™s poetic presentation of the garden has been paired by exquisite illustrations of Charles Keeping. The reflections have been given life like treatment in those illustrations.

  8. Charles Keeping was an astonishing and prolific artist.

    Once again, no need to keep any leftovers from your dinner for me. I’ll find something else to fill my tummy, thanks. <3

  9. You and Jackie have so many spring flowers already! You must be getting some relatively mild temperatures. The illustrations are well done, as always.

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