Footpaths Today

Jackie and I undertook a Tesco’s shopping trip today, after she had made purchases at Ferndene Farm Shop.

After lunch I conducted a long dead heading session with my new Wilkinson’s secateurs given to me on my birthday by Flo and Dillon. Later, I produced a few garden photographs.

On the near corner of Flo’s Fairy Garden stand a little patio seating set waiting for a permanent place when some healthy plants have been thinned out and the elfin gravel paths have been cleared a bit.

One cluster of day lilies stands beside the Shady Path

Gazebo and Brick Paths all now cleared,

attention has now been given to footpaths across the beds like these to the Orange Shed and through the West Bed;

and to the decking area cleaned and potted up.

Tall lilies tower over even climbers like Shropshire Lad in the Rose Garden.

We have ubiquitous varieties of day lilies and hot lips throughout the beds.

The rest of the afternoon was spent in pleasant conversation with the ladies of all ages in the household.

This evening we all dined on superb pork and chive sausages with creamy mash and fried onions, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Sierra Los Andes Mendoza Malbec 2022.


  1. Sounds like a lovely day. Enjoyed your comment about a nice conversation with the ladies of the household. Waiting for the day that Miss Ellie discovers the fairy garden. I’ll bet it will not look the same after that moment.

  2. I love taking tours of your garden, and I’m sure the pleasant conversation was indeed that.
    But of course I laughed at “and hot lips throughout the beds.” 🙂

  3. YAY for ladies of all ages! A lively group, I bet!
    I spotted some owls! YAY!
    Beautiful paths ready for strolling and enjoying! Gorgeous flowers! Especially love The Fairy Garden…’tis in full bloom! The new little patio seating set for the fairies is lovely!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️ ????

  4. Except for a few pansies and lobelias colour is almost void this winter in our garden. There are some bulbs appearing in the top of the poinciana pot. I’m pretty sure they are jonquils and irises. However, I know I can take a wonder through your garden and see every colour imaginable. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Very good work in the garden bringing excellent results. How nice to spend an afternoon in pleasant conversation with ladies. You are blessed.

  6. The garden is enchanting! I especially like the arrangement in the first photo and the photo with the owl, ferns, and round steppingstones. You’re a lucky and wise man Derrick to enjoy an afternoon of pleasant conversation with the ladies of all ages.

    1. Thanks very much, Andrew – and so full of meat as to have to be fried in a little oil because they don’t emit fat

  7. When you do the dead heading, do you put the results onto your compost heap, or do you just leave them to return to the soil in the land of their birth?

    1. A bit of both, John. Day lilies for example I just let drop, but roses often have a length of stem attached. Thanks very much

  8. The garden is looking at the height!! Incredible views.
    I’ve said it before – Why don’t you charge admission for tours?!!

  9. It sounds like you had a perfect day, Derrick, with a Malbec putting all together 🙂 Your garden is an oasis, wonderful photos ~ they demonstrate what dedication can bring. Beautiful, and the Shady Path is perfect for escaping into nature.

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