Jackie spent most of this pleasantly sunny day on general garden maintenance, including spraying about half of the
Back Drive weeds with herbicide.
My contribution was dead heading, hand weeding, and clearing debris, in one long and one short bursts.
Here are some blooms of For Your Eyes Only, before and after dead heading.
I managed to disturb hoverflies like these on Summer Wine and bees like this on a white climber, but they didn’t take it personally.
I was serenaded by the trickling of the water fountain in the Rose Garden, and by small birds
like this tiny goldfinch perched atop the Weeping Birch. You may need enlargement of this image.
Happy plantings include these different yellow/orang dahlias; the juxtaposition of clematis, petunias, and verbena bonariensis against the kitchen wall; and the sprays of gaura (no, not Laura, WP) bursting from the Ali Baba pot.
This final set of images each bears a title in the gallery.
This afternoon I posted ‘A Knight’s Tale (8: From The Good Life To Refugee Status)’
Elizabeth came to dinner and we received a Red Chilli takeaway meal. My main choice was Tiger Prawn Vindaloo; Elizabeth’s was Bengal Chilli Chicken; and Jackie’s Saag Chicken. We shared special fried rice, a plain paratha, chana masala, saag bhaji, saag dal, and a mixed vegetable curry. Jackie drank more of the Carricante; Elizabeth and I drank more of the Fleurie.