So often when Jackie pops out for a spell of planting she spends all day, first diverting herself with bed clearance and soil replenishment. This is what happened today, especially as the weather was mild and sunny.
The New Bed has become rather full lately, so to plant new bulbs required the process outlined above. Self-seeded and too prolific plants are removed, others heavily pruned, then the area is topped with compost. Naturally it has to pass the inspection of Nugget. It was kind of him to take a break from his sentry duty to perform this task.
“Where’s Nugget?” (37)
My contribution to the proceedings was to gather up the refuse and transport it to the compost bins.
Doris Tysterman continues to shine in the borders of the back drive,
where clusters of chrysanthemums crowd
alongside pursed hot lips.
Begonias continue to thrive, although some
along with fuchsias and others, including dahlias, shed their petals.
Fuchsias, including a number of Delta’s Sarah and Mrs Popple, drape many of the beds. This mauve and white Delta’s Sarah shares a corner of the Rose Garden.
This small pink rose nestles in
the Wisteria Bed outside the stable door, hidden in this picture by another Delta’s Sarah.
The red climber, Super Elfin continues long after the runner beans on the Gothic arch
which also supports Doctor Ruppel clematis having another flush.
Nearby, the wicker chair, fronted by Japanese anemones, bears another fuchsia.
Alongside the Kitchen Path we have a deep purple double petunia,
burnished red sedum and lighter pelargoniums.
Later I printed copies of the Doris Tysterman and the chrysanthemums for the Back Drive album update.
This evening we dined on mini spring rolls and tempura prawns with sweet chilli sauce as starters followed by a rack of pork spare ribs and Jackie’s savoury vegetable rice with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Fleurie.