Watching Sport And Dead-Heading

Very early this morning I watched recorded highlights of the first two days of the current Test cricket match between England and India.

One rose I tend to delay dead-heading is Félicite Perpetue, of which we have two abundant examples. Today I could find not even the slightest reason for procrastination.

Here is the splendid spreading plant in the front garden, before I set about it.

I didn’t manage to complete the task today. The corner in the second picture in this gallery was not visible behind the Modus in my before picture, but I did clear it all.

The lace cap hydrangea now has a little more room to breathe.

I have previously dead headed the pink roses sharing the opposite trellis with Clematis Mrs N. Thompson – those that I can reach.

Jackie spent much of the day on similar work, for example

pruning the Red Bottle Brush tree;

tidying the Brick Path;

cleaning and tidying the decking, including repairing the parasol.

She is particularly pleased with the half dead clematis Venosa Violacea, which she brought back to life having rescued it from Otter’s pity bench.

This afternoon I watched Wimbledon tennis fourth round matches between Jule Niemeier and Heather Watson; and between Cameron Norrie and Tommy Paul.

Then came the highlights of this, the third day’s play in the Test match; before dinner, which consisted of cheese-centred fish cakes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and new boiled potatoes; with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden, Flo drank water, and I drank The Guv’nor, a very smooth and tasty Spanish red wine given to me by Shelly and Ron.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

53 thoughts on “Watching Sport And Dead-Heading

  1. That’s a lot of work guys, but so worth it! Very beautiful. And “cheese-centred fish cakes”? This sounds so delicious!

  2. You are so good at tidying Derrick, without taking away anything from the overall beauty. Cricket is your (anchor.. balm .. stimulus .. habit .. relief .. hobby .. passion … )
    What wordplay or truth comes to mind?

  3. It can be hard work dead-heading the vigorous ones. I know the flowers look a bit messy for a while, so can see why you might want to tidy it up, but would Félicite Perpetue produce hips if not dead-headed?

  4. You have produced very pleasant photographs in between the hard work in the garden and intermittent watching of cricket and tennis. You must be happy with the outcome of the terrific run chase by the English batsmen in the recently concluded match. Kudos to Root and Bairstow!

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