On this bright and sunny afternoon, Jackie leapfrogged Mum’s perching stool down the garden, giving me three observation posts for a brief sojourn listening to the birds and pointing my lens.
I was able to look along the Brick Path
past the prolific clematis Doctor Ruppel
and the slightly scented rose Penny Lane, both intended to climb the Gothic Arch,
to clusters of ferns in the West Bed.
My favourite rhododendron could not wait until my return to burst into bloom in the Cryptomeria Bed,
which has its share of geranium palmatums
opposite heucheras in Margery’s Bed.
Across the Grass Patch can be seen a clump of Day Lilies
also on view along the Gazebo Path, the foreground of which is illuminated by the Chilean Lantern tree.
Foxgloves, like this one in the Palm Bed stand proud throughout the garden.
The rich orange marigolds are rampant in the Dragon Bed.
The slender poppy heads shown alongside these roses are those of the yellow and orange species that crop up everywhere. Ii is normally my job to cut them down to encourage new growth. It may be some time before I am fit to return to duties.
My choice of Tesco’s prepared meals this evening was chicken jalfrezi; Jackie’s was a pasta bake.