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This morning Jackie continued her autumn clearing and planting in the garden. This afternoon I tidied up a bit then wandered around with my camera.
Petunias and geraniums continue to glow, with bright little erigerons still standing proud;
and diascias and begonias adding to the music.
The lead hat on the patio wall would grace an Ascot attender,
although she might not be happy about the resident bee.
Other insects enjoying the warm weather include this fly on a New Guinea impatiens.
Fuchsias are among the delights of the Dragon Bed,
of the Kitchen Bed,
and of Elizabeth’s Bed.
That second example, via dahlia Coup de Soleil, continues the chrysanthemums’ colour in the top left hand corner of this Oval Bed view. The yellow nasturtium peeping into the bottom right hand corner is just one of
many rambling around the garden.
Rhododendron leaves in the Palm Bed form a sinuous shape with the rudbeckias,
seen in the same bed dancing with Japanese anemones;
or taking the eye through the regenerating eucalyptus to the yellowing leaves of the weeping birch.
A similar yellow palette is taken up through the Kitchen Bed by way of the eucomises, the potted ginkgo, and the bronze fennel;
whereas the pale pink diascias in the iron urn lead us to the hot geraniums and dahlias beyond.
A dragon stands proud, protecting plants in its eponymous bed.
Still the Chilean tree produces lanterns,
while gentler hued colchicums sprawl across the soil opposite.
Begonias still glow in their hanging basket alongside the Heligan Path over the Cryptomeria Bed,
and sunlight has a similar effect on this penstemon.
An array of supporting plants accompany the roses in their Garden,
where such as Festive Jewel display several generations at once.
Even the patch of grass delights in the day.
Perhaps this is what John meant when he came to paint the garden and observed “so much colour”.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s luscious lemon chicken with her especially savoury vegetable rice – itself a veritable complete meal. She drank Hoegaarden and I finished the sangiovese.
P.S. See my response to Luanne below as a recipe for the vegetable rice.