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While Jackie, weeded, watered, and planted, my main gardening task today was extensive dead-heading. If anyone spots any heads I’ve missed in the following photographs, I’ll thank you for not mentioning it.
We have many petunias. These, with geraniums and erigeron, grace the sitting room wall.
These, in a basket hanging over the shady path, blend well with a dangling fuchsia and lobelia above;
like these above the Dragon Bed,
or are planted in beds.
Dahlias, such as Bishop of Lllandaff,
and some I can’t identify are cropping up everywhere.
This last trio grace the West Bed alongside the Dead End Path.
A furry bee is cleverly camouflaged by the red and yellow one.
Other bees explore a carpet rose
and a salvia,
two varieties of which are potted at the corner of the Kitchen Bed.
These chrysanthemums speak to the phlox behind.
I have no idea how many geraniums fill this stone urn nearby. Last autumn they were all little broken stems that the Head Gardener stuck in soil and nurtured through the winter.
Hibiscuses and Japanese anemones such as these on opposite sides of the Brick Path are typical of late summer blooms.
Another happy juxtaposition is that of the penstemons and Festive Jewel in the Rose Garden.
The climbing fuchsia Lady in Black, against the pink hydrangea backdrop, has begun its ascent up the new arch beside the greenhouse;
while the White clematis climbing the obelisk in the Kitchen Bed still flowers.
Jackie has produced her own individual signage for our paths,
and such as the Cryptomeria.
Finally, here is a view across the Palm Bed.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s lemon chicken, breaded mushrooms, boiled potatoes, crunchy carrots, and crisp spring greens. One of the advantages of being a wine drinker is that, after a tipple on the patio, I have some left for my dinner. It doesn’t seem to work like that with Hoegaarden. I drank Cimarosa, reserva privada cabernet sauvignon 2012.