The Big Beast Barrier


Today, Jackie did a massive shop and I shifted a little more compost.

Orange streak on Honesty

Fluttering about the garden is what I think is, despite its yellow colouring, an Orange tip butterfly which stubbornly refuses to stop and pose. Instead this one held a mask of Honesty.


This dwarf azalea is one that I brought from Sutherland Place when I left there in 2009. It had been part of the contents of a filled pot given to me when I stopped working with Parents for Children a couple of years earlier.

Bluebells (Spanish) and heucheras

Most of our bluebells ring Spanish tunes. Here a clump separates a pair of heucheras.


These forget-me-nots have taken over one of the paths leading from the Rose Garden. We cannot bear to pull them up until they have flowered, so I guess we will continue to go the long way round to the orange shed.

Big Beast Barrier

Jackie’s new Big Beast Barrier has withstood the nocturnal marauder for at least one night. My original round peg has been staked in position and placed alongside one of the concrete blocks I dug out of this plot three years ago. The poles in the foreground are part of an obelisk which held up a clematis that appears to have died, having, according to Jackie, been subjected to the intruder’s urine. She is hoping to preserve the cyclamen from a similar fate.

Father Christmas left a bottle of Spice ‘n’ Easy fresh red chilli sauce in Jackie’s stocking. She found it a little too hot. She thought that sloshing a fair amount of it into tonight’s chilli con carne with savoury rice, might be a good way of eventually dispensing with it. I loved it. The Culinary Queen managed it. I drank Trivento Malbec reserva 2016. This could possibly have helped Jackie cool her meal, but she didn’t fancy it.

59 responses to “The Big Beast Barrier”

  1. It’s a heffalump coming through the hole in the fence – for no heffalumps are ever caught and indeed they are rarely seen. Just regularly leave a pot of honey and all will be well.

  2. Orange Tips are really difficult to photograph – the best I’ve ever managed is a picture of a flower an Orange Tip just left.

    Talk of urine a chillis reminds me that you can put intruders off with various techniques. As luck would have it I am in a position to supply Liquid Personal Waste (as Bob Flowerdew calls it) ready bagged if you need any. πŸ™‚
    They also suggest Peppermint Oil.

  3. The effort and work you invest show off well, Derrick.
    Happy Easter to both of you 🐣🐰🐣
    wishing you relaxing holidays,
    The Fab Four 🌼

  4. I am particularly fond of forget-me-nots and really I have no idea why. They look so pretty spread out over your pathway but you can pretty much guarantee that should they seed they will be there forever! If you want rid of them, I could send Orlando over for Easter – he would take care of all forget-me-not seeds in no time. He is very good at gathering them up with his tail and underbelly and bringing them home for me to harvest. I have spent hours of my life combing out the sticky little blighters……….

  5. These are fabulous Derrick.. I did a bit of compost moving of my own today too.. LOL.
    Your bluebells are far more forward than my own.. Still in tight bud on short stems right now..
    The forget-me-not though is out.. And I brought it from my Dad’s garden.. I had thought I had lost it last year as it didn’t appear, only in a small clump.. But this year its taken over.. So I am happy ..
    The azalea looks a lovely blend of colours.. and again far in advance of ours further up ‘North’ lol..
    I have had a lovely week preparing veggie beds.. Tired, but fulfilled..
    Have a beautiful week.. And your chilli con carne sounded just the thing to use up that spicy sauce..

    Have a wonderful Easter both of you Derrick.. Love and Blessings
    Sue xxx <3

  6. If this beast barrier fails, how about a similar set up on the other side of the fence in addition to this one?

    I just saw a very fat groundhog in the back treeline – so I am plotting here, as well.

  7. I like the butterfly which may have yellow on it but is an orange tip butterfly. This is how I view some purple butterflies which official butterfly aficionados call “blue.” Derrick, I loved the bluebells taking over and you and the Gardener forced to wait out the blossoms before riffing the path of them. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. Everyone loves the Forget-Me-Nots and perhaps so because everyone seems to love blue which is probably the least numerous color in a garden. I opened up a jar of my brother-in-laws salsa tonight, thinking it would help clear out my stuffed up head.

  9. I have a feeling all those azaleas and forget-me-nots know the mystery of the big beastβ€”they seem to be beaming with some knowledge. Could it be the fellow is a shape shifter and his favourite avatar is an orange-tipped butterfly?

  10. Forget-me-nots can be very intrusive, can’t they? Our hellebores started to bloom in early March, say too soon, because of the unusually mild weather we were having. Then we got smacked with 27 inches of snow (x 2.54 cm) and unseasonably cold temps. Lo & behold, they seem to have survived. Daffodils and jonquil are out but we’re still in waiting for break colors.

  11. Wonderful walk through your garden Derrick – you guys have amazingly healthy gardens. My Texas yard/gardens could take a lesson or two from you.

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