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We spent the morning of another dull, overcast, day continuing the general tidying of the garden.
Many new aquilegias are fully or partially blooming.
Over the last few days Jackie has been fine-tuning my weeding of the back drive. In addition to digging up a few more invading brambles, most of my work this morning was transferring the Head Gardener’s piles of weeds to the compost heap. We just need to apply an herbicidal spray to the gravel and the job will be done.
geraniums like these Johnson’s Blue from Gloucestershire’s Hidcote Gardens;
and hostas, heucheras, alliums and bluebells are some of the plants that line these borders. We thin out the profuse alliums every year.
This afternoon we voted at the local County Council elections where we were informed that the turnout was looking like 20-30%, which was about average. I ask you.
This took place at Milford on Sea church hall. Jackie then drove us to the clifftop where
we thought the pink thrift, despite the gloom of the day, was looking quite colourful against the grey water reflecting the slate sky.
A small pigeon had come to contemplate the calm sea,
and a few walkers wandered along the beach below.
The caged structure to our left of the pigeon is intended to keep the public away from the crumbling cliff edge.
This evening we dined at Lal Quilla in Lymington. The welcome, the service, and the food, were as good as ever. My choice was lamb dansak with special fried rice; Jackie’s was prawn and mushroom biriani; we shared a plain naan, and both drank Kingfisher.