Blue skies sucked me into a false sense of security today and I had applied two coats of ‘Wild Thyme’ to the verticals of the rose arbour and was even thinking I might get it ALL painted today when the skies gradually darkened, leaving me to scurry round looking for tarpaulins and other waterproof substitutes to protect the posts from the rain. The product dries very quickly, particularly once the first coat is on – and probably only needed another hour at the most to be perfectly safe – but tomorrow will tell how much it has been affected by the dampness of the rest of the day. Before the rain threatened there were at least a few brief moments to realise just how different the arbour was going to look in its new grey green coat – and to remind me just how effective this colour is for garden woodwork.
The rain may well have stopped my painting task, but didn’t stop me rambling around the garden and admiring my newest pleasures – Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’, smothered in flowers for the first time, buds on Helleborus niger ‘Christmas Carol’ (rubbish photo, so not shown here) and H ‘Ellen Picotee’ and – whoohoo! – a bud on snowdrop Galanthus ‘Faringdon Double’!