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This morning we continued Spring clearing in the garden. My task was dead heading the hydrangeas.
One of Jackie’s was to clean out the Waterboy’s pond. He nodded his approval.
The Head Gardener was extremely excited about her corydalis flexuosa ‘China Blue’ which is apparently hard to grow.
Another euphorbia is flowering in the front garden,
where the winter flowering cherry has blushed continuously since September.
Sitting on the Castle Bench when I had finished my gardening I engaged in a game of peep-bo with a collared dove in a shrub that has become a tree. This creature kept lowering its head out of sight, then popping up briefly.
At least, that is what I thought I was playing. But, hang on a minute. What was this?
Do you see?
Yes. There were two. I had been playing gooseberry.
This afternoon we went for a drive in the forest.
The Shirley Holms corner beyond Sway is still pretty waterlogged.
These young ponies found a dry patch to have a lie down;
although my attention prompted the larger one, looking almost as awkward as I would, to rise to its feet.
As I returned to the car, two pigeons took off into the skies.
Primroses decorated the bank of a stream by the roadside at Sandy Down,
where horses in a field chewed hay,
and snake’s head fritillaries shared berths with daffodils and more primrose.
Steff’s Kitchen is attached to Fairweather’s Garden Centre in Beaulieu. We took coffee and water there, where a magnificent magnolia stellata shed confetti over the tables and the grounds.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s beef, peppers, mushrooms and onions cooked in a rich red wine sauce and served with new potatoes, carrots, and Yorkshire pudding. I drank more of the shiraz.