She spent the morning conversing with him whilst tidying the Oval Bed.
After taking the above photographs I wandered round the garden.
Hydrangeas need a lot of water, but the Head Gardener is keeping them going.
Day lilies continue to thrive,
as do many lilies proper,
and, of course, roses like Gertrude Jekyll and Special Anniversary.
This sidalcea leads nicely to the red hydrangea beyond.
Now that the Wedding Day is over, gladiolus and clematis veil its arch.
Dahlia’s time is now.
This everlasting sweet pea has a scent which justifies its name.
Plants accommodated in containers during the last few weeks have proliferated. The iron urn’s examples happily spill and spread, while
the wicker chair by the Westbrook Arbour is occupied to overflowing.
A clematis shawl has been cast over the arch spanning the Phantom Path between the Cryptomeria and Margery’s Beds.
In the latter, yellow Lisymachia Alexander stretches across the gravel;
and at its western end clematis and day lilies cavort with the red bottle brush plant.
Phlox blend nicely with other plants in the Palm Bed,
alongside the Gazebo Path leading to the stable door.
From Charlie Dimmock, Jackie has been inspired to create a “stumpery”. She will clean up the face of this heap of griselinia stumps and give it a fern makeover.
Just as the one o’clock news was about to expand upon Mr Trump’s latest exploits, Malachi phoned me from Fremantle seeking my help with a word search. We were unable to obtain full reciprocal vision on FaceTime, so we began a game of Lexulous instead. Because they are seven hours ahead of us, my grandson had to go to bed before we finished.
Later this afternoon we drove to New Milton to buy some shoes for Jackie, then back to Milford on Sea for a repeat prescription.
This evening we dined at Totton’s excellent The Family House Chinese restaurant, where we enjoyed our favourite set meal and Tsing Tao beer.