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This morning, while Jackie continued planting, I shaved a curved line on the edge of the grass patch,
where Jackie had placed a group of petunias. Then, removing grass roots and us much moss as possible, I broke up the sods and mixed them with the Head Gardener’s fresh soil.
Of all the clematises in the garden it is perhaps pertinent to mention two today. This one is making its way across the arch spanning the Phantom Path on the other side of Margery’s Bed against which the above petunias have been placed.
The other, being the same white hue as the now faded Marie Boisselot now commands the attention that she had in her youth on the Kitchen Bed obelisk.
The same bed contains miniature kniphofias;
the stone urn standing beside them contains cosmoses and geraniums;
and almost fluorescent mesembryanthemums overlook the Waterboy’s fountain.
Gloriously scented lilies in the New Bed attract a myriad of flies.
Day lilies abound throughout the beds, but they are of just three varieties.
When Jackie discovered that a splendid collection of the plants is nurtured in Sway, just two or three miles up the road, it became imperative that we should pay a visit. Accordingly we took a trip to in Mount Pleasant Lane,
Along a winding gravelled drive we entered a lovely garden with a huge array of plants of all kinds. I rang a doorbell and Pollie Maasz, the friendly and pleasant proprietor, emerged to show us around her amazing collection, about more of which can be read on Day lilies .
A gate in the domestic garden led us to a splendid display of unusual hemerocallis flowers.
As Pollie searched among rows of potted samples for sale, through a wire fence, she chatted to her neighbour’s horse, tormented by marauding flies. The good-natured mare tossed her head in vain attempts to rid herself of the plague.
We bought two plants. All we have to do is create spaces for them.
This evening we dined at Lal Quilla. I enjoyed chicken jaljala; Jackie chose chicken shashlik; and we shared mushroom rice and a plain paratha. We both drank Kingfisher.