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It is perhaps no bad thing that the sun went AWOL today. This is because we spent the morning on spring clearance, and in the afternoon there wasn’t much light shone on what still needs to be done. Nevertheless I wandered around to capture images of the current state of play.
Here we have the result of Aaron’s work on the back drive. In the second picture daffodils and vincas are thriving.
Daffodils and camellias appear in most of the views, like this one that sculptured Florence looks upon,
and these from different sides of the Palm Bed.
Hellebores, such as these in the Kitchen Bed are also ubiquitous.
The Head Gardener’s Walk adds cyclamens to the mix.
We’ll get around to the Cryptomeria
and Weeping Birch Beds soon.
Jackie has spent some time clearing out the hanging baskets and pots
and tidying the patio.
The previously scarcely-existent front garden has bedded in well, euphorbias standing sentinel,
and daffodils, primulas, and hellebores adding colour.
The Monday Pie of our childhoods followed the Sunday roast meal. This was the left-over beef or lamb minced up in a Spong and turned into cottage or shepherd’s pie. Jackie has her own version. I know it isn’t Monday, but then her roast dinners are not confined to Sundays, and we enjoyed roast lamb yesterday. Her pie, on which we dined this evening, consists of the meat coated in gravy, wrapped in tin foil, and heated through very slowly in the oven. This renders it superbly succulent. The dish is topped with roast potatoes and mushrooms. Today it was served with sage and onion stuffing, carrots, cabbage, and green beans. With this, Jackie drank Hoegaarden. My choice was Patrick Chodot Fleurie 2014.