Today we enjoyed more sunshine and less rain than yesterday, but the wind raged at 55 m.p.h. I battled with this on a dead heading expedition and later photographed some windswept plants – I was at least as wobbly as the flowers.

Although Jackie had taken down the most vulnerable hanging baskets they were blowing in the wind,

as were many of the flowers, some of which will be obvious from a lack of focus or a missed framing – sometimes it would be me who wasn’t holding the camera steadily enough, such as with the first of

this group of phlox.

On the other hand these lilies of the same plant, one cluster higher than the other were pictured just a second apart.

More worrying are the leaves of the Weeping Birch, already prematurely aged by wind-burn from previous gales.

Comparatively sheltered are most of the day lilies

and some of the roses.

The decking and St John’s wort were largely protected.

This afternoon, Jackie and I watched the Wimbledon Ladies final between Marketa Vondrousova and Ons Jabeur.

This evening we all dined on Red Chilli Takeaway’s excellent fare, with which Jackie, Ian, Dillon and I drank Kingfisher.


  1. I think I could handle the wind better than the heat — but you did very well to get so many good, sharp photos of the flowers!

  2. I especially like the white phlox. The form is as pleasing as the color; I don’t think I’ve ever seen phlox take on that globe-like shape.

  3. What a windstorm! 55 mph winds can cause plenty of grief. Some years we have had some very bad storms that have downed trees, and one tree took our Rick’s old van back in 2006. He only had it 6 months. The tree fell right across it. I am glad your flowers are relatively unscathed. So much hard work goes into your gardens.

  4. I often have to take dozens of photos to get one OK one. Blur is my second name when it comes to wobbly photo taking. Summer winds can do a lot of wind-burn damage. Second last photo – orange/ red, looks like a carnation.

  5. In contrast, here in Geelong today the wind is almost dead-calm … and a sunny winter’s of 16’C … and yes Derrick, I tend to rock and sway unsteadily in the strong winds too!!

  6. In birdwatching circles trhere has long been talk that our climate may change to that of Labrador or Newfoundland. THat is based on the type pf sea-ducks currently extending their range southwards down from the coldest Northern waters. I hope not!

  7. Dear Derrick
    it”s quite windy here as well, actually 55mph too for two days now. But we are used to it at our coast and the plants in our garden are adapted to it. It makes them stronger. You have really beautiful flowers in your garden and photographed them nicely.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. Wowza on that wind! (shock-ed face!)
    Glad you and the flowers and leaves endured. Your photos are lovely!
    Keep safe. Hope the wind settles down!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️

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