The sun today made fleeting, peeping, appearances in the garden.
These elegant, slender, gladioli are proliferating outside the kitchen door;
as does clematis Marie Boisselot in-urned in the Kitchen Bed alongside a deep red peony,
single petalled examples of which stand in the Dragon Bed.
Other clematises include Niobe on the corner of the kitchen wall, and on the wisteria arbour,
also home to Paul’s Scarlet;
and flamboyant Doctor Ruppel climbing the arch spanning the Brick Path beside the West Bed.
Delicate pink rose Penny Lane shares the arch.
One view from the Kitchen Bed leads to the distant entrance to
the Rose Garden, where
Festive Jewel, For Your Eyes Only, Love Knot, and Gloriana are among the parade.
Splendid Fireworks alliums burst forth in the Weeping Birch Bed,
while gentler pink stars mingle with Erigeron and euphorbia in the Kitchen Bed.
From the Weeping Birch Bed we are led through the Cryptomeria Bed to the eastern fence.
Pink campion and a bright red rhododendron stand sentinel on the south west and south eastern corners of the grass patch.
The red rhododendron emblazons these views down the Gazebo Path.
Elizabeth popped in this afternoon for a cup of tea.
This evening Jackie and I dined on pork spare rib chops on a bed of her mushroom rice fried in sesame oil. Mrs Knight drank Hoegaarden and I drank The Long Way Round Reserve Carmenere 2018.