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In today’s gardening division of labour my contribution was weeding the back drive, while Jackie continued planting, weeding, and watering.
My main focus was on the bed alongside the new fence.
This involved clambering between dead stumps and the fencing and digging out stubborn brambles and sticky Willies. I had not anticipated needing to use a fork on all this, but, most unusually for April, there has been so little rain that the ground is rock hard. Consequently I didn’t get very far. For those readers interested in the scale of things this drive is 75 yards long and the width of a terraced house plot.
Jackie filled the Rose Garden urns – one on the brick pillar we have just rebuilt – with compost
in readiness for these lilies bought from the Hordle Post Office a couple of days ago.
Other plantings in the Oval and Elizabeth’s Beds and the Rose Garden are mostly represented by labels.
In this corner of the Palm Bed we have tulips; a yellow Japanese maple that clearly needs the pruning treatment;
and a pink rhododendron just coming into bud.
A yellow tree peony competes with the latter over which will be the first in full bloom.
Daffodils, honesty, and hellebores continue to thrive.
This cream verbascum stands on the Back Drive bed,
and this clematis Montana spills over the front garden wall,
behind which a yellow potentilla is flowering. Can you guess what, when I put the first of these pictures of it up on the screen, got me rushing out there?
This evening we dined on Mr Pink’s fish and chips, Garner’s pickled onions, and Tesco’s gherkins. I drank Doom Bar beer.