Warm Spring Sunshine

I enjoyed a pleasant conversation with David of Mistletoe Cottage in the garden this morning where we discussed his plans for Aaron to replace our shared fence. It was good to extend our talk as we remained among our plants for a while.

Crab apple and Amanogawa cherry blossoms have survived the recent gales.

David will continue to enjoy these camellias and the Vulcan magnolia from his side of the fence.

Yellow-flowered euphorbia and more delicate comfrey are now prolific.

Ferget-me-nots and bluebells are now casting carpets and

attracting bees,

as are the lamiums.

Ferns unfold fiddles.


also attracts flying insects such as the constantly flittering yellow brimstone butterflies.

Muscari and pieris are blooming well.

Is the autumn sculpture’s heart bleeding for the dicentra?

The orange marigolds in a hanging basket can be seen from the Gazebo Path.

Later I received a telephone call from SpaMedica contracted to NHS offering me an assessment interview for an anticipated cataract operation. This is at Poole tomorrow morning. I received a 12 page e-mail I was required to print out, complete various forms, and take with me tomorrow.

I then read more of Kristin Lavransdatter.

This appears to have been published prematurely. I have updated it and now add that this evening we will dine on second helpings of yesterday’s Chinese meal.


  1. The flower photos are gorgeous. It’s great you have pleasant conversations with your neighbor, but I’m not sure what to make of the autumn sculpture’s bleeding heart–could be a horror tale there! 🙂

    1. Thanks very much Merril. The brown streak down the sculpture has appeared quite suddenly. Bleeding heart is the common name for this dicentra. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your gardens with us, Derrick. Lovely! I do hope all goes well re: your cataract operation. ~Ed.

  3. Your assessment appointment has come through very quickly.
    It’s a few years since my cateracts were diagnosed when in the first very early stages. I visit the hospital twice a year for my glaucoma, so I can only assume my cataracts are slow to ‘ripen’ (thankfully)!
    Is this the same Aaron who used to be your gardener?

    1. Thanks very much, Sue. It is the same Aaron. In fact he put up the fence on the opposite side of our garden.

  4. Gorgeous photos! Love the variety of spring-y flowers and plants!
    Bestest wishes on your assessment interview, Derrick! I hope all goes well!
    Autumn looks to have such character! I always enjoy seeing her!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    PS… “Oh to be in England now that April’s there.” – Robert Browning
    “Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.” – Bishop Reginald Heber

  5. I’m smiling at your lovely spring weather and your sensational spring flowers, while, coincidently we are enjoying a sunny Autumn morning … ????

  6. You must be enjoying the sunshine immensely — not to mention the flowers, and pleasant conversation. I hope your assessment goes well. Sometimes your process seems quite odd to me, but if it works, that’s what counts!

  7. WOW! Just wow, Derrick. My blooms are coming up, but we are still riding the roller coaster of winter here. So all of them are not blooming yet. Your garden is BEAUTIFUL! SO glad you are allowing your neighbour to share its beauty.

  8. I bow to your, poetic, knowledge of plants! My dear, late Dad would have known many as he was an excellent and knowledgeable gardener, until WW11 shoved its nose in and bade him dig a dirty great hole in his prized lawn for an outdoor (Anderson)air-raid shelter!! (I swear he brushed aside a tear…) War over (huge relief) he concentrated on roses – I would wager he had the most (modest) but b eautiful rose garden in the whole county of Essex! They cascaded over fences and four or five varieties vied for attention in their small plots. Aaah! I picture him, still, in his wellies, brandishing a watering can… Cheers. (Our small ‘garden’ in Spain is tiled with potted plants in colourful containers, its redeeming feature being a stunning hedge of cerise/mauve and scarlet Bourganvillea. Ole!)

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