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The sun stayed away today until it was time for it to go to bed.
My share of the garden clearance, under the necessary direction from the Head Gardener, was eradicating or truncating dead stalks from last year’s plants, such as nicotiana sylvestris.
Jackie continued such work that required more specialist knowledge, and completed her work on bringing the Waterboy’s pool back to life.
We have a number if different snowball shaped viburnums that we can’t specifically identify. They are all in bloom.
I wonder if our little roof bound sparrow was guarding nest building this morning. He certainly seemed to be casting an eye in the direction of a piece of straw that had no business being up there.
Some of the earlier camellias are turning their beautiful golden brown, giving us the impression that we have varicoloured flowers.
As usual, the beech will be the last to clothe its skeletal framework.
Leaves and catkins have begun to appear on the weeping birch, although it is still possible to view Elizabeth’s Bed through the slender branches.
A ladybird appears to have taken up residence in the fruit of the tree. As there was no response when I recited the popular nursery rhyme, I can only assume this is intended to be permanent.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s beef, peppers, mushrooms and onions cooked in a rich red wine sauce and served with sauteed potatoes, spinach, leeks, carrots, and cauliflower. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Chateau Plessis grand vin de Bordeaux 2014.