The Garden At The Start Of July

Yesterday evening Jackie finished her work on the Lawn Bed.

She also continued her general maintenance, such as the Weeping Birch Bed weeding and replanting, following Flo’s earlier work on the footpath.

Early this morning Jackie and I transported the last of the garden refuse to the Efford Recycling Centre, after which we purchased three more large bags of compost and a few vegetables from Ferndene Farm Shop.

Later, I finished reading ‘If The Old Could’ and published after watching the third round Wimbledon tennis match between Heather Watson and Kaja Juvan.

Before dinner I produced

a gallery of garden views, each of which bears a title.

This evening Jackie and I dined on her spicy paprika pork while Flo preferred meat and vegetable pasty to accompany the boiled new potatoes, crunchy carrots, and firm cauliflower and broccoli, with which the Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden; our granddaughter, Raspberry Rhubarb and Orange Blossom cordial; and I, more of the Chianti.


  1. WOW! Yesterday my bareroots hibiscus got 2 huge deep purple flowers and I had to run out and get my camera! Can you imagine how busy I’d be trying to get all of Jackie’s blooms! Yikes!

  2. Beautiful images of a beautiful garden, Derrick. Thanks so much for sharing so many with us so regularly. We certainly appreciate all the effort that you (and Jackie!) put in to invite us into your home and grounds.

  3. Great work, artistry, and beautiful tender loving care, Jackie, Flo, and Derrick! πŸ™‚
    I enjoyed looking at all of these photos of the gorgeous plants, flowers, trees…AND I enjoyed spotting some of the wonderful-ones who live in the garden…many owls, the 3 mushrooms, Florence, the dragon, the blackbird egg, the whirly-twirly ladybug (Is it a ladybug?),
    ETC! πŸ™‚
    My wishes for a wonderful month of July! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚ ❀️

  4. The 3 mushroom look well settled in to the Lawn Bed garden. πŸ™‚ The Solanum is gorgeous. I love the photos that include the brick path. Overall though, I can’t pick a favourite. It all so beautiful and should be in a garden magazine. Jackie, well done you. Flo, Derrick -good job.

  5. I love everything about your wondrous garden Derrick .. and your colourful photos warm me up on these cold winter mornings here in Geelong ..

  6. I agree with Jill! I’d pay money to walk through your marvelous garden and spend time with Florence, the dragon and the cute little hedgehog on the pot with the egg.

  7. Derrick, I loved being absorbed by the beauty and serenity of your garden! Jackie has her work cut out but it looks stunning! The fragrances from all the blooms must be divine!

  8. Wow! Your garden is beautiful. The results from the hard work that you and Jackie put into the garden are amazing.

  9. The garden looks infinitely and beautifully populated. It is bewilderingly easy to get lost among the flora. The photos have been tastefully composed and each frame has a story to tell.

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