Superbaz is here for the week, strimming his little heart out and doing other tough manly and high up jobs. I asked him if he would cool glass the far end of the greenhouse to give our cucumbers a little respite from the relentless sun that may not have arrived yet but was bound to be here very soon. We have a special “cool glassing” long-handled brush that waits all year for its moment to shine. Unfortunately we couldn’t find it. Our education at the University of Blue Peter came in very handy and we taped a large paint brush onto a broom handle and decorated it with some sticky backed plastic and egg boxes, not only functional but beautiful. After strict instructions as to how many panes he had to paint, ensuring he was actually listening to me and not watching the birdies, I left this important task in his capable hands. I ran into him not long after making lovely stripes on the lawn and asked how he had fared, he looked a little sheepish and confessed that in an attempt to reach the furthest panes he had thrown the last contents of the bucket at the greenhouse, which had subsequently gone straight through the open light and white washed the plants below. I suppose it would be too much to expect brawn and brain.
This is the first flower on Roscoea x beesiana Cream Group which is a hybrid of R. auriculata and R. cautleyoides. An exotic beauty from those lovely people at Tropical Britain.