One dam thing after another!
Way back when I was a member of the Garden Group in TWG (Town's Women's Guild ) I had this arbour and terrace built. It seemed a good idea to use the expertise on hand so with the chairman's permission( Margaret and yes she's settling in nicely in her new home) I offered a prize for the best planting design for my new toy. The entries had to be anonymous to avoid any hint of favouritism and there were some excellent entries. One of them stood out because it included New Dawn - my favourite rose - so there was beauty and fragrance - then there was the blue potato flower - so prettty with the pale pink, a honeysuckle and a winter jasmine with lots of suggestions for between seasons plants.
I didn't recognise the handwriting so was genuinely surprised and a little dismayed to find the winner was Margaret. It's been an absolute joy over the years and I was upset when Karen told me the rose was dead and she had dug it up. It was discovered the year I was born so it felt personal. Anyway there is sun today so we shall go over to Exford for lunch. Must support the locals - heard the other day that The Notley Arms at Monksilver had closed its doors. Let's hope it's only temporary
Have a nice week-end - I plan to finish a next batch of chapters.
P.S. I googled fruitlessly for the name of the potato plant - I'm sure you'll know it. Apparently that also is on the way out - the one in my garden I mean. Too cruel!