Yesterday’s winds were not quite as bad as expected, but they persisted today, amid sunny spells. The Head Gardener carried out more pruning, clipping, and tidying, with minimal assistance from me.
After lunch I wandered around with my camera.
Here is a selection of our white flowers, comprising Marguerites, cosmos, dahlias. Japanese anemones, and petunias.
Begonias come in varying colours, shapes and sizes.
as, of course, do the dahlias.
The pale peach and the yellow Summer Time climbers flower throughout the season.
Hues of hydrangeas and lilies, including hemerocallis are also numerous.
Crocosmia, including Lucifer, towering in the Palm Bed, and the more orange one against the red Japanese maple in the Pond Bed send up flickering flames signifying different heats.
Despite the winds of this unusual August, we still enjoy the exuberance of Nature’s painter’s palette.
I then scanned the next four of Charles Keeping’s skilfully sensitive illustrations to Dickens’s ‘David Copperfield’
‘I lay my face upon the pillow by her, and she looks into my eyes, and speaks very softly’
‘Standing by the building was a plain hearse’
‘The ship rolled and beat with a violence quite inconceivable’
‘ ‘I will speak!’ she said, turning on me with her lightning eyes’
Shortly before dinner, I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/08/09/a-second-revolution/
The delicious meal consisted of roast chicken thighs; crisp Yorkshire pudding and fried potatoes; herby sage and onion stuffing; crunchy carrots and cauliflower; with thick, meaty, gravy. We each drank more of our rosé and red wines respectively.