Having been picked up by Shelly, Jackie left today just after noon for three days away with her sisters.
In her efforts to ensure I would be well catered for, the Culinary Queen packed the fridge with cooked meals and salad lunch materials. The plate on the fourth shelf down contains the lunch I enjoyed after the ladies had left.
A Post It note was stuck on my computer screen in case I needed help in informing the world what I had eaten for my dinner.
Concentrating on containers and the patio area, we were both on watering duties this morning. I irrigated the front garden this afternoon.
Later on I repaired to the Rose Garden with a book.
The rich peachy pink of Mama Mia
towers above a sweep of lavender,
among which I watched flit a butterfly I cannot identify. (In his comment below, TanGental has confirmed that it is a Hedge Brown)
Creme de la Creme
and Special Anniversary are comparatively new blooms;
Hawkshead fuchsia swings towards a spent Winchester Cathedral.
Crisp peach coloured Just Joey has put in an appearance.
Petunias and cosmos are planted in the urn behind
Love Knot, which remains prolific.
Elsewhere, day lilies proliferate.
Petunias and geraniums thrive on the earlier watering, from which Erigeron and lobelias collect the drips.
As the yellow bottle brush plants fade, the red ones are beginning to bloom.
Petunias, geraniums, and others along the Kitchen Path to the greenhouse are looking refreshed enough.
Here we have views from the Gazebo in each direction along its eponymous path.
This evening I dined on Jackie’s succulent beef braised in red wine with mushrooms and peppers; creamy mashed potatoes and tender spring greens.