Aaron this morning cleared more brick paths of weeds and began painting the Ace Reclaim bench with white Hammerite in order to combat rust; Jackie continued planting, weeding, and general maintenance work;
and I finished off spreading the Landscape Bark around the rose garden beds, thus offering The Head Gardener, who had begun the job yesterday, a certain minimal assistance. We need a few more bags to complete the task.
Each day now, we have more emerging varieties of
Speckled fritillaria Jackie planted in the autumn thrive in the cryptomeria bed.
For ground cover we have such as
and deep-blue vincas.
Many self-seeders need to be kept under control. Cropping up everywhere we have, for example,
and multi-hued hellebores which drop veritable carpets of offspring. Unmanaged, this dense brood would choke the rusty heuchera to death and cover the brick path onto which it is already encroaching.
We are still marginally ahead of the game in the race to have the garden ready for spring, but nature is catching up by the day.
This evening we dined at Lymington’s Lal Quilla. My choice was king prawn Ceylon, and Jackie’s, prawn bhuna. We shared egg fried rice, an egg paratha, and an onion bhaji; and both drank Kingfisher.