Mediterranean Volunteers

Sweltering in the warm morning sunshine while listening to the trilling of small songbirds and the repetitive cries of a successfully mated wood pigeon I pulled up swathes of Sticky Willy or Ladies’ Bedstraw in an attempt to halt their upward progress to flower beyond my reach.

Two other climbers, Paul’s Scarlet and Altissimo, each embellish one end of the garden;

a yellow one now clambers over the parade of dead stumps lining the Back Drive.

Foxgloves, as in this image of clematises against the patio fence, are photobombing everywhere, so I gave them two pictures of their own.

Other volunteers include these gladioli Byzantinus which, possibly seeking cooler climes, have escaped from the Mediterranean.

The Rose Garden is filling up with flowers.

A may tree stands at the back garden gate; although the eponymous Weeping Birch on its demise has been severely truncated and will be draped in a clematis in due course its Bed will forever bear its name.

The Chilean Lantern tree is lighting up the corner of the Gazebo Path, while the Wedding Day rose will soon provide a bouquet spanning the Brick Path.

This budding allium and Doctor Ruppel each promise more blooms.

A clump of irises and clusters of blue solanum compliment each other.

Erigeron and ferns sprout from the stumpery.

Later, I published

This evening we dined on Jackie’s tasty savoury rice with spicy, salt and pepper and tempura prawn preparations.


    1. Yes. Only today we got two sets of pictures; one of the family, and one of the location. Thanks very much, Pat

  1. All beautiful! I especially enjoyed The Climbers, The PhotoBombers, The Stumpery and The Volunteers today. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️
    PS…“Flowers don’t tell, they show.” – Stephanie Skeem
    “You can learn a lot of things from the flowers.” – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

      1. I’m glad you prompted the “We” concept. I am very cognizant of the role that Jackie plays and if I left the royal plural out then I apologize – not to you but to her. And before you say gaphumff then you are more guilty than I. So there!

    1. Thank you very much, Zakiah. Even when hanging pictures I go for asymmetry.

  2. Mmmm, Jackie’s prawns sound delicious! Your Chilean Lantern tree is lighting up the corner of the Gazebo Path so beautifully!! And I love the Wedding Day rose – magnificent! Thanks for these terrific photos today, Derrick!

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