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Jackie continued her creative miracles on the various beds. I rendered sporadic assistance in dead-heading, weeding, clearing up, and humping bags of compost.
Here are current views of The Head Gardener’s Walk
and The Gazebo Path, looking across Margery’s bed in which her hollyhocks are now in bloom.
Petunias in hanging baskets are ubiquitous,
as are lilies of many different kinds in various beds. Currently they share The New Bed with dahlias and clematises.
In the Rose Garden, before I’d finished dead-heading, the pink carpet rose was laid out before Love Knot, poppies, and petunias;
and For Your Eyes Only caught the sun.
Particularly in the morning, falling petals are suspended from spidery filaments. Spinning in the breeze some,
like this fuchsia, have the appearance of Tom Daley taking off,
or, such as this honeysuckle, shuttles aiming for space stations.
In case anyone needs to know this is what Wikipedia has to say about Tom Daley:
‘Thomas Robert “Tom” Daley (born 21 May 1994) is a British diver and television personality. Daley specialises in the 10 metre platform event and was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the individual event at the age of 15. He started diving at the age of seven and is a member of Plymouth Diving Club. He has made an impact in national and international competitions from age 9. He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he was Britain’s youngest competitor, the youngest competitor of any nationality outside the sport of swimming, and the youngest to participate in a final. In 2009, Daley reached a career best ranking of number one in the FINA World Diving Rankings for the ten-metre platform.
He won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in the 10 metre synchro diving (with Max Brick) and the 10 m Individual Platform competition, and won the bronze medal for Great Britain in the individual competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
After his success at the 2012 Olympic Games and a summer of great sporting interest amongst the public in the UK, television network ITV approached Daley to have a role in their new celebrity diving reality TV show Splash!. Daley made his debut in the show’s premiere on 5 January 2013 as a mentor to the celebrity competitors taking part.‘
With the increasing warmth, the butterflies are back.
Here a Peacock performs its trapeze routine on a hebe.
Ronan, from Tom Sutton, came to fix our boiler which has stopped working. Unfortunately there were several issues, one being a faulty control box which he will have to obtain tomorrow. We won’t stink, because we have an immersion heater in the shower.
Tonight we dined on Jackie’s wholesome heart casserole, creamy mashed potato, and crunchy carrots. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden, and I made a start on the excellent Brancott Estate merlot/cabernet sauvignon 2014 given to me for my birthday by Shelly and Ron.