One of Aaron’s tasks today was to reinforce the
wobbly posts on the entrance to the Rose Garden,
cerinthes have proliferated by self-seeding.
The Oval Path curves round the bed beyond that entrance.
Shadows fall across the Gazebo and Brick Paths.
The yellow and orange diurnal poppies are preparing for my daily dead-heading routine.
The rejuvenated red Japanese maple rescued first by me and then by Aaron a couple of years ago blends well with honesty and the background camellia.
The eucalyptus enhances a number of views.
A spreading white spirea graces the Palm Bed.
Honesty, bluebells, daffodils, and a variety of daffodils add their points of colour.
Bees busy themselves gathering pollen from the crab apple blossom.
This afternoon we all drove to The Beachcomber at Barton on Sea. This had clearly been a most popular idea. The café itself was virtually empty, but the garden was packed out. We managed to find a table and wait for our drinks. A rather wearied staff member would come out with a tray and call the relevant number of the order.
I watched one young gull preening on a rooftop, while
a black headed gull seemed taken aback by the sight of
a most glamorous dog-walker.
Smaller birds, such as sparrows, hoped to find crumbs on the tables.
Bolder starlings emptied the plates of left-overs. When they carried off their prey they were lucky if it was not snatched by the marauding gulls. This group was feasting on the scraps of number 32.
This evening we dined on succulent roast lamb; crisp roast potatoes and parsnips; multicoloured carrots; green beans; Yorkshire pudding; sage and onion stuffing; piquant cauliflower cheese; mint sauce; redcurrant jelly; and flavoursome gravy. Jackie and Becky drank Western Cape Chenin Blanc 2018, Ian drank Kronenbourg, Louis drank water, and I drank Moravista Merlot Bonarda 2018.