Oak Tree Cottage Garden

This morning I watched the BBC live broadcast of the Women’s World Cup soccer final between England and Spain.

This afternoon, following the advice of Shelly and Ron, we visited Oak Tree Cottage garden in Upper Common Road, Pennington. My sister-in-law described the series of steps and the different viewing levels which prompted me to take a stick to help me negotiate this delightful garden which 15 years ago had been an uncultivated field.

My knees are now too creaky to manage these unaided.

However, I wandered around with my camera, photographing a range of views and close-ups all of which bear titles in the gallery.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s tasty Fusilli Bolognese with which she drank Pays d’Oc rosé 2022 and I finished the Graves.


  1. I was intrigued by the way the Goldsturm Rudbeckia and Verben bonariensis had been arranged, with the small tree or shrub at each corner of their plot. I’d never seen that before; it’s attractive and interesting.

    1. Yes, we were impressed, especially as we have both in our garden, as you know. Thanks very much, Linda

    1. Thanks very much, Nikki, Apparently this was once on the NGS, but no longer. Just open this weekend for Ukraine and the local Church Restoration fund

  2. What a beautiful place! I’m glad you navigated the steps safely! 🙂
    Thank you for taking us all along with you via your gorgeous artistic photos!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    PS…I just had an image in my head of you walking around to take photos (“happy snapping”) and all of us from WP are walking in a long line behind you. Ha! Reminded me of the wonderful video Sue posted of the cows following the sheep! 🙂 HA! 🙂

  3. What a beautiful garden! I especially love the Goldsturm Rudbeckia and Verben bonariensis arrangement and the dragon fly. Keep on keeping on, but don’t overdo it with those knees. Glad you took a stick.

  4. What a beautiful garden! I’ve always loved old stone steps like that. They give the sense of leading somewhere magical. (Now, I do have to take care not to trip and fall, though.)

  5. That beautiful dragonflies! I love those insects! They seem more like fairies.
    My husband watched the game, and I was right here working on something, so I watched it in part–looking at the screen, then not, back and forth. But he kept making sad/annoyed noises through . . . .

  6. “My knees are now too creaky to manage these unaided.” YEP! Can relate but mine don’t creak. They just rebel.

    Your flower photos are beautiful as always.

  7. What a beautiful place, Derrick and Jackie! To go from uncultivated field to such a lovely public garden took a lot of work. I especially loved seeing that snow-white birch. They are generally not a long-lived species, but they are among my favorite trees.

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