Sir Hardy Amies, the Rosa Mundi nutter, war hero and Queen's couturier would have been 100 last Friday and, in celebration, David Freeman had a lunch at Hardy's Gloucestershire garden where the last of the Rosa mundi are just going over. His garden looks lovelier than ever now that its corsets have been slightly loosened. And I so approve of loose corsets.
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Lake swimming last night. Water lily flowers tight shut. Vast pike leaps out of the water lily pads beside me.
Now I will stick to admiring my own mini lilies, by day, from my pike-free garden.
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although I am too hot to think. Writing about no-chemical swimming pools is heating instead of cooling my brain. And I cannot remember the name of this plant.
I'm told that it seeds everywhere. I was told that about Nicotiana sylvestris and I can't manage to get it to flower let alone seed.
Then there's the enigma of the Monkey 'C'.
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Completed the cycle ride round Oxford to raise money for the Jane Ashley cancer unit. Very easy to donate: www.justgiving.com/isiscyclists.
OK, not very challenging ride. 13 miles. Except that we were led but someone who is having her final chemo session today. What a star.
This is such a great cause.
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So the Garden Monkey has an infallible Champagne Tracker Device too - just like the Hort Week team. Why wasn't s/he at the Future Gardens Laurent-Perrier trough yesterday? Maybe s/he was.
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