From Lane Verges To Garden Makeover

Although it was to return after lunch,

the perky sun enlivening the verges of South Baddesley lanes I photographed this morning was soon seen off by colourless cloud cover.

The ferns and other plants bursting from the verges provide veritable rope ladders for sticky willy weeds like those with which we currently grapple daily in our garden.

The borders of Brook Hill are lined with white meadowsweet and hedgerows of various hues,

interspersed with golden buttercups, prehistoric mares’ tails, and decorative grasses;

a persistently pendant broken branch clings to life beside upright horse chestnut candelabra.

Passing ponies on the moorland of Norleywood, we visited Elizabeth at Burnt House Lane

to inspect her garden makeover which has provided a new purpose for a certain amount of the paving removed from our patio

This evening we all dined on Jackie’s colourful savoury rice with tempura, hot and spicy, and salt and pepper prawn preparations, and duck spring rolls, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Giulio Pasotti Bardolino Classico 2021.


  1. Love the sunshine lighting up the greenery! The garden makeover is going well, and it’s good to be able to reuse some of the pavers from your patio!

  2. what a wonderful range of greenery you have shown us. And a fine example of “allow a lover of plants near a lawn and they’ll soon have it turned into beds”.

    1. Thanks very much, Sherry. I am very lucky to be able to enjoy this stage of life

  3. It’s nice to see Elizabeth and Jackie having a good time. I’m glad the paving could be reused. Nice greenery, too – I love ferns.

  4. The power of greenery is captured with fascinating photos and lilting diction. The garden makeover looks interesting, no wonder the Head Gardener looks excited.

  5. Elizabeth’s garden is looking good! What great work is being done!
    The sunlight shining on the plants…especially the ferns…is so beautiful!
    My fave photo is of the gals having a hearty laugh!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️

  6. Yes, wonderful picture of Jackie and Elizabeth having a good laugh. And funny, isn’t it, how weeds can seem beautiful as long as they are not in your garden. 😉

  7. The garden projects are coming along nicely!

    I especially love the photo of the sun shining through the ferns. Green and gold is a favorite of mine.

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