The Gingko

For the first time since I picked up a heavy cold, accompanied by a number of flying insects I took a walk round our garden with my camera.

A wasp basked on the leaf of a budding rhododendron; a bee climbed into yellow wallflowers; a fly took a rest on a golden euphorbia.

Other budding rhododendrons were closer to blooming,

which camellias have been doing for months, and still carpet paths.

A number of Japanese maples are in full leaf.

Honesty photobombs many pictures,

but cannot upstage these sunlit hydrangea leaves.

These cowslips share a bed with forget-me-nots and ajugas.

Libertia is spreading across the weeping birch bed which is due to come down on 25th, when

it will be replaced by this gingko, which filled a pot we inherited from our predecessors. It has split the pot and we have wondered what to do with it for the last ten years.

Finally I pictured this pieris, an antirrhinum and cinerarias, and some frilly tulips.

This evening I joined the others at the kitchen table for fish pie, ratatouille, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli with which I drank Caliza Tempranillo Rosado La Mancha 2022.


  1. I didn’t realise Japanese maples were not all red! I, too, love the “honesty photobombs…”
    Such a beautiful garden you have. And how wonderful you were able to walk around the garden photographing and dine with all for dinner.

  2. Sorry about the weeping birch, but gingkoes are wonderful. This walk must have reinforced your natural healing process.

  3. Such lovely and colorful blooms Derrick. Are you done with your eye operation? Haven’t been at WordPress for almost a week.

    1. It is set for Sunday if I am fully recovered from the cold. Thanks very much, Arlene

  4. I am so glad you are feeling better enough to walk around your pretty garden at least – and that you are not confined to Adam’s Ale!

  5. So glad you felt well enough to get out and about. I’m sure the insects welcomed you into THEIR garden home. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Such gorgeous photos! The frilly tulips look so fancily dressed up!
    Honesty (plant) photo-bombing made me laugh! (I’m sure through the eons, honesty (truth) has shown up in a lot of photos. In the olden days, people saw the photos and eeked or ahhed or awwed or laughed…today if people don’t like the photos they can just be deleted… or photo-shopped or filtered. Ha!)
    (((HUGS))) โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  6. I enjoy these virtual walks through your gardens, Derrick and Jackie. Those Japanese maples are particularly beautiful wit their lacy leaves of red and gold.

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