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Apart from the collapse of the Compassion rose arch, the recent storms have treated us with respect.
The clematis and solanum have remained attached to the dead tree.
Orange crocosmia still stands at the potting shed entrance to the Rose Garden,
while yellow and orange thrive harmoniously in the Dragon Bed.
Clematis Duchess of Albany drapes herself over the arbour in the Rose Garden
Where Penny Lane parades her maturity;
and others such as For Your Eyes Only
and Festive Jewel are reliving their youth.
Fuchsia Delta’s Sarah spreads along the side of the triangular bed now beside the greenhouse.
Light pink Japanese anemones reach the lower branches of the red maple;
darker pink ones are quite prolific,
while white ones enliven the
West Bed with its New Zealand hebe, its leicesteria,
and its dahlias.
Close by we have fuchsia Mrs Popple.
One clematis climbing the gazebo blends well with geraniums in a hanging basket;
another basket contains deep blue lobelia and an orange begonia.
Purple petunias and more lobelias populate the Back Drive barrier tubs.
The gaura in the Weeping Birch Bed is thriving.
The views across the Kitchen Bed;
from beside the weeping birch,
and along the Shady Bed from the Dragon Bed corner remain colourful.
Bees, like this one in a geranium palmatum continue working hard;
flies, such as this one crawling over Priscilla, are in abundance.
Yellow rudbeckia are at their best. Here are some in Margery’s Bed.
This morning was spent generally tidying up, one of Aaron’s tasks being to refurbish the fallen arch.
assisted by Jackie,
recovered the Compassion rose and tied it back in place.
This afternoon we visited Willows garden at Pilley. On the grounds that we couldn’t stand the competition, I will report on that tomorrow.
This evening we dined on fish pie, ratatouille, carrots and broccoli, with which we both drank Bergerac blanc sec 2016.