Enjoying The Garden

Today was warm and sunny enough to warrant a dead heading and weeding session which I undertook while Jackie continued her clearing and planting.

After my stint I sat on the wooden bench in the Rose Garden enjoying my surroundings. Later I wandered around and photographed random

plants and a butterfly, each image of which bears its title in the gallery.

Flo no longer needs my help with her photography project, but she does need the camera, which involves sharing it.

This gave me an opportunity to start reading Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.

Later, we all dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Shiraz.


    1. So will I, Liz – as I always do, because I value your judgement. Thank you very much

  1. I’m glad that you had a sunny day for a change, and no gale force winds! The flowers are beautiful, guys! ????????????

  2. Beautiful flowers! The colors are so brilliant! I’ve never read Doctor Zhivago, but love the movie and wonder how the book compares. Books are usually better.

    1. I haven’t seen the acclaimed film but I did see the more recent one which made me pick up the book – so far the film looked quite faithful to the book. Thanks very much, JoAnna

    1. I’ve not seen the acclaimed film but saw the recent one with Keira Knightly as Lara, which made me pick up the book that has lain unread on my shelves for years. Thanks very much, John

  3. Ooh! I’ve read Dr. Zhivago! And I’ve seen a movie based on the book…and a television mini series.
    What a beautiful day…and the garden smiled for you! Gorgeous photos, Derrick!
    Love the little butterfly on the Verbena Bonariensis! πŸ™‚
    The Rhubarb leaves are very Christmas-y! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

  4. What an abundance of flowers! How long will it be before you have a season’s end? Am I right that you live in the south of England, with its balmy ocean current influenced weather?.

    1. Yes, Doug. Usually Autumn starts in September, but who knows this year? Thanks very much

      1. Heere, the average time for the first killing frost is mid-September, then we have a mild introduction into Autumn when trees begin their annual leaf shed.

  5. Enjoy the book, Derrick. I adored the film – the music, direction, `photography – all sheer magic, and so very moving. Thanks for the photo shots too.

  6. Even with sharing your camera, you’ve captured the variety of flowers and colors in your garden. I also like the shot of the rhubarb leaves.
    A happy coincidence–we had Chinese food (after ice cream) yesterday in memory of my dad on his birthday. πŸ™‚

    I’ve read Dr. Zhivago more than once, but not in many years. The David Lean film is beautiful and memorable, but it concentrates mainly on the love story. You probably know about the CIA plot to get the book published and distributed.

        1. Much appreciated. I may, with acknowledgement to you, incorporate this in my eventual review

  7. I must have read Dr Zhivago at some stage but what I remember most is being 11 years old, and at the drive-in with my nine year’s older brother, and when Komarosvki told Lara there are two kinds of woman and “you, my dear, are a …..”
    my brother looked at me in such concern that I just knew it was a terrible word, so that it seared in my brain, never to be forgotten…

  8. Such beautiful flowers, Derrick. I particularly liked what I think is a golden crocosmia.

    I am looking forward to your next book review. Doctor Zhivago is one I never read.

  9. Beautiful pics as always. The lighting in the photos tell of a sunny weather. How is Dr. Zhivago? I too want to read this book. Is it too tough like other classics?

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