Today was the third bright, sunny, and cold one in a row. Given that overnight temperatures are in the low minuses, I wandered around the garden to photograph some of the albeit somewhat poorly looking surviving flora.
Two that seem to bloom continuously are the yellow bidens
and the white solanums from last year.
A few primulas,
and pansies linger.
The yellow antirrhinums refuse to die.
and Delta’s Sarah are two of the still flowering fuchsias.
vibernum bodnantense Dawn,
and clematis Cirrhosa Freckles we may expect to enjoy at this time of year;
but not the hebes.
and Festive Jewel carry the baton for team roses.
Hoards of Hunnish sparrows occupy the hawthorn, swooping on
sad little Muggle’s
feeder for which he has to wait his moment,
while more of Attila’s marauders concentrate on the front garden robin’s seeds.
We didn’t see Nugget today.
This evening we dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Chateau Pinenc Minervois 2017.
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Today was ultra gloomy, but with promise of good things to come. Now it is much milder again, the garden appeared to have forgotten the recent day of frost.
I made a start on the winter clearance. A couple of weeks ago, Aaron had extracted a clump of badly positioned bamboo from the Oval Bed. I stuffed this into orange bags in readiness for a trip to the dump.
Next was pruning roses. I had expected to be cutting them right down, but there were so many freshly burgeoning buds, that this became a dead-heading exercise, as in these Absolutely Fabulous and Love Knot.
Some actual blooms, like the white Kent and the red Deep Secret, had survived the freeze.
Elsewhere, Vibernum Bodnantense Dawn is in bloom,
and there are new buds on still blooming Clematis Star of India.
The Head Gardener prevented me from waxing lyrical about the seeds of the Japanese anemones ready to be spilled for germination, by pointing out that in this country they propagate by means of underground tendrils.
This evening we dined on chicken, tomato, and mozarella pasta bake with peas. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Via di Cavello chianti 2014.