Following the call of the moon last night Jackie took her camera into the garden to photograph
she moved on to sculptures Florence
and her Owl
She worked on the garden during the day, beginning with lining up tubs of
tulips on the patio, showing those in the process of uncurling alongside earlier arrivals.
Those tulips, and this more standard red one, are cultivated and have limited life spans.
Species, on the other hand, will naturalise. These red ones are new.
Lilac Wonders bloom and proliferate year after year, brightening
the Palm Bed,
diagonally opposite which stand these fritillaries
at the corner of the Cryptomeria Bed. This view takes us through to
the Weeping Birch Bed.
Alongside that is the Oval Bed with its splendid marigolds and cowslips.
Nearer the house the red Japanese maple is regenerating in the Kitchen Bed. Apparently dead, this was heavily pruned three years ago by me, and the following year by Aaron.
The camellia behind this bears new and old blooms
which carpet the ground beneath it.
This evening Jackie served up her own savoury egg fried rice with meaty spare ribs coated with spicy barbecue sauce; crisp prawn toasts and spring rolls, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Mezquiriz Reserva Navarra 2013.