When I did my quick ramble when we got home on Tuesday evening it was the roses that I noticed most – there may have been a handful open before we left but it was if the Rose Fairy had flitted round the garden in our absence and sprinkled her special dust on all the roses in her charge. Clockwise from top left are: Danse de Feu (next to the paved area), Guinée (rose garden), dog rose (in the hedge), Pink Perpetué (outside front door), Munstead Wood (pot on paved area, cleverly disguised by the ivy-leaved geraniums so I didn’t notice it till this morning), Zephérine Drouhin (rose garden), Rambling Rector (rose arbour on left of paved area, and by the masses of buds to open in due course clearly none the worse for its recent overhaul), Pardirektor Riggers (right hand hot border), Queen Mother (pots next to main herbaceous borders) and Mme. Alfred Carriére (either side of the ‘bus shelter’). What can I say? They have of course only just begun, and apart from the dog rose and Rambling Rector will continue to flower for several months, so the Rose Fairy will be active for some time yet, keeping tabs on them and the others which have not yet started their display.
Meanwhile, when not absorbing the scent of these beauties I braved the heat yesterday and attacked the grass next to the stream, the Tête-a-Tête leaves having died down, and managed to escape with all digits just about intact after using a sickle to make a start and then using kitchen scissors to cut it to a length that the mower could cope with. Why didn’t I use a strimmer? Well, they always seem more trouble than they are worth and anyway we had no petrol to put in ours. It looks a right mess now, of course, but as we were due rain overnight I wanted to get it done then to give it more of a chance to green up. I’m sure it will be fine!
The other outstanding job involved a bit of restraint – propping up lax geraniums, tying in roses and everlasting sweet peas, trimming overhanging leaves where appropriate and generally showing the garden who’s Boss. A start was made with weeding too, but there is plenty more of that to do tomorrow, alas (no surprises there!).