Away to Ottawa for a few days to help Forrest and Manon build a trellis over the deck we helped them build last May. It was our great fortune to have the company of Angelica, Brendan, Cristen, and grandbaby Kelly too during our stay. Here’s the trellis in its infancy:
And here it is three days later, in use:
That little vine in front is a rooted cutting from the wisteria John’s mother brought from her mother’s garden in Suffolk in the 1970s. We have three huge vines from it and I am so happy to know that it will live on in other gardens, providing shade and memory, along with its spectacular blooms and fragrance. It survived its first Ottawa winter so the future looks promising.
Here’s my granddaughter helping me to weed garlic:
And here’s my beautiful daughter and daughter-in-law and granddaughter at brunch on our last morning together:
And our hosts Forrest and Manon (who will have a baby of their own in October, a welcome addition to future family gatherings):
I loved seeing what a doting father my son Brendan has become, patient and loving:
In the meantime, at home, things grew:
Now I have to go tie up tomatoes which have already begun to bloom.