21 August 2012 22:14:09
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I was expecting a visit from Fran and Clare today and we were going to visit Alatamont afterwards. But it started to absolutely spill out of the heavens, like a tap turned on. I phoned Fran to see what he thought and he said they would come anyway. I had put the phone down when I got a text from Fran saying '"it will clear up in an hour". Well that text was like a some kind of magic charm because suddenly the tap above was turned off and sunshine came. And it lasted the rest of the day!
Fran, Maria and Clare arrived about 12 and we did a tour of the garden and had a bit of a sit down before heading off to Altamont, where we were met by the dapper, yet very vocal, Scrubber. So vocal in fact that we heard him calling from the other side of the lake!!!
And we all did the long walk, the 100 steps, including Clare, who is now well off the cigarettes and rushed up them! The garden was looking great and Robert Miller's herbaceous was wonderful, although ever-so-slightly gone over since my last visit.
I saw an amazingly coloured phlox that I wanted to buy. What was the adjective Scrubber used to describe the colour? But they didn't have it. And Scrubber saw an amazingly coloured phlox that he wanted to buy, a kind of mauve - very pretty, but they didn't have that either. So I settled for Hydrangea 'Ayesha' and Scrubber settled for... well, let him tell you.
It was a lovely day, in great company and even the weather was on our side.
By the way, I forgot my camera when going to Alatamont so the photos are from my garden. Thank you, Elizabeth, for Roscoea 'Red Gurkha' and Scrubber for Hydrangea 'Kyushu', both of which came into flower today.