Jackie spent all this day of intermittent sunshine and clouds continuing her
weeding and watering, mostly in the Rose Garden.
I rendered minimal assistance while wandering round with a camera listening to the avian orchestral matins.
More clematises are now blooming;
Marie Boisselot blends with Erigeron cascading at her feet;
one we cannot name has scaled the gazebo;
pale pink Montana vies with blue solanum flung across this arch
over the Brick Path.
Splendid rhododendrons compete for attention in various locations such as
the Palm Bed with its spirea and cow parsley also seen
in front of the greenhouse in the Dragon Bed.
The Viburnum Plicatum stretches wide its ivory arms in homage to the West Bed.
Beautifully crocheted Hydrangea petals cap a container
beside the lawn.
Fuchsias like the delicate white Hawkshead;
Delta’s Sarah with her pastel pinks;
and this bright red bud bowing to the moon which will remind me of its name when it opens fully, provide their pendulous pleasure.
Variably hued heucheras extend their miniature Christmas trees.
Laura Ford graces the Rose Garden
over the entrance to which
sprawls Madame Alfred Cariere.
This garden bears much evidence of work in progress;
Jackie’s red jacket
seems to be everywhere.
The green plastic trug remains on the Gazebo Path where I deposited it yesterday while collecting up cuttings.
The path between the kitchen wall and the Pond Bed is still reasonably tidy.
Wallflowers, silene, companula, and aquilegias are happily blended in the Weeping Birch Bed which also contains some of prolific
The Copper beech is now quite well clad.
I returned to my computer in time to receive a FaceTime visit from the Australian branch.
It was so dark in Fremantle on the way back for Sam and Holly and their children that Malachi needed to empty special effects to penetrate the blackness.
When they arrived home everything was much clearer. I think.
This evening we dined on second helpings of yesterday’s sausages in red wine, with fresh vegetables. Jackie finished the Sauvignon Blanc and I finished the Rheinhessen.