The Playground Bully


On another balmy morning I began a tour of the gardens at the front of the house, where

Fuchsia Delta's SarahFront garden 1Front garden 2

fuchsia Delta’s Sarah blends with the pink Japanese anemones framed by white ones and Michaelmas daisies;


and myrtle


and solanum continue flowering.


Outside the kitchen window, spritely spring poppies emerge alongside ripened sedum,


not far from sprawling autumn crocuses flanked by gauras and geraniums.

Fuchsia 1

This tiny white fuchsia adds variety to the Rose Garden,


and honeysuckle hangs on in there.

View across grass towards house

Pink is a frequently encountered colour.

Bee on dahlia 1

The still prolific dahlias Bishop of Llandaff are a richer red, still attracting the bees in their New Bed playground. This whacking great bee bulldozed a smaller boy from this flower with a thumping thud. (I am indebted to Barrie Haynes for correcting the sex of the bullied bee – it is a girl:

Bee on dahlia 2

He sloped off to another flower. Comparison of the bees against the similarly sized stamens will demonstrate what a big bully we have.

This evening we dined on beefburgers, mashed potato and swede, and cauliflower cheese. I drank Doom Bar.


41 responses to “The Playground Bully”

  1. Autumn doesn’t seem to hurting your garden at all, Derrick. All that work you and Jackie put into it is really paying off!
    Have a wonderful evening.

  2. Goodness! Me first in today? I’m not keen on fuchsia variants usually (most are bred too big, countering the delicacy of the original) but I like your mini white ones. Our (basic variety) have recently surged into full bloom.

  3. Such a color explosion- love your photos so much

    p.s. Derrick I have my blog in private for a time while I am working on it. I hope you will come over and clicky-click so I can add you. I’d like to add everyone but I think they don’t know I’m not there yet 🙂

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