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June 16 1983 - Thursday 62° at 6 AM - Hazy - hot - humid To 7 o'clock Mass. Wes drove me to Ballard to work in garden in morning - make herb wreath for Sept. show after sandwich lunch - he returned for me at 3 pm - having shopped Ridgefield Supply for bars for sliders - reclamation center - Genevese for Visine - liquor store. We cut 3 more holes in Impatiens Tower & inserted plants. Cultivated laurel and leucothoe beds. Wes continued bringing stones to cliff wall. 1984 - Saturday - 48° at 6:30. Beautiful - a cool night - beautiful day - sunny - breezy (dry) cool at night. Wes went to Young's for another mailbox post and worked on them all day - everything ready but nailing down the boxes by afternoon. I worked on grounds - weeding - watering. Bought more Nicotiana and Marguerites for sun garden from Hollandia and planted them - also a Browallia hanging plant. To Elizabeth Hull's at 5:30 for a lawn party - her place looked beautiful. 1985 - Sunday - 58° at 6 AM - Raining! 1.75 in gauge at 8 AM - then cleared. To 8 o'clock Mass. Wes picked up all stones left from Tony Ongaro's wall making approach to Garden Room - took some to path above cliff, others he stockpiled behind log pile. Eileen came at noon to bring us Radicchio - we had lunch - she left early - I planted the Radicchio - pulling out one row of beans eaten by bugs - cut grass - rolled up hoses - thunderstorm at 6 pm. 1986 Monday - in Stratford-upon-Avon. Alveston Manor - breakfast - taxi to Hidcote Garden - open at 11 AM - Beautiful garden - made by Mayor Laurence Johnson now under National Trust - great number of "garden rooms" - beautiful roses - hedges - woods gardens - small brooks - pool garden - lunch in their restaurant - taxi picked us up at 3 pm returned to Alveston Manor - walked to park - had dinner overlooking river. 1987 - Tuesday - 60° at 6 AM - Beautiful day - not as humid - warm. Wes went for gasoline - to cleaners - ordered fence posts at Youngs - Stop & Shop. Took wheelbarrow tire to Nutmeg (it was flat) stopped at bank. He weeded shrub border and edged. I prepared for Passing Committee work in afternoon at Keeler Tavern Barn - took cookies to Patty Sticknoth for Boutique - Chris Clark for picnic lunch - worked until 4:45 - tired - Most members entries in. Walked about garden picking flowers for show. June 17 1983 - Friday - 62° at 6 AM. Foggy - became warm - humid - not as hot as yesterday and sometimes a breeze. Predicted thunderstorms never came. Watered - planted Alyssum and Marigolds bought Wednesday. Wes to Friendly Plumber - bought level arm for our bathroom sink (repaired it hurrily) electric cord for coffee pot - Ace - Newtown to inquire re bandsaw. Worked on cliff wall. I made dessert for tomorrow's dinner - cultivated. 1984 - Sunday - 58° at 6:30. Cloudy. Hope for rain. To 8 o'clock Mass - announced no more altar girls. Worked around place all day. Wes finished putting up mailbox - looks great. Raked leaves on north dell - throwing them over cliff. I cultivated - watered all gardens - brought up perennial onion from rhubarb patch to wall top. Planted more beans and lettuce. Hoped for rain never dame here. Wes cooked fillet on grill. 1985 - Monday - 58° at 6 AM - .15 in gauge from last night's thunderstorm. Off and on sunny day - humid Anne Franceschini here 8-10 to help me clean house. Tony Ongaro here to continue work (flagging) on garden room. Wes brought down sod to raise each side of walk to room. I went to check Ballard Garden at noon, then to Congregational Church Hall to work on Passing Committee for Zone II meeting - took [[?Maria]] and [[?Balty]] Geranium and Mother Fern - left spiral - home at 5:15. Picked daisies along road & at Louise McKeon's. 1986 - Tuesday - in Stratford-upon-Avon - took bus tour thru Cotswolds - Chipping Camden - Wool Market - beautiful country - our weather has been perfect - lunch at Stanton - walked thru church of St Michael and all the Angles - built by Normans - tower restored - drove thru Ford - temple Guiting - about 800' feet above sea level - Barley - wheat - Potatoes in falls. Black/White Magpie Birds - stopped at Lover Slaughter. Clear shallow river thru town - trout - back to Stratford thru Moreton-in-Marsh (The Spook Market) walked - dinner & bed 1987 - Wednesday - 60° at 6 AM - Beautiful day - sunny & cool. Packed car - left at 7:55 for Garden Club show passing committee at Keeler Tavern - worked until 12:45 - many entries. Wes picked me up - lunch - nap - brought up leaf chips for triangle back of Rhodo Garden. Wes had picked up wheel for wheelbarrow - had gas tank for cooker filled. Watered some spots as wind lays ground dry. To Preview Party at Keeler Tavern at 6 pm - won firsts for Myrtle Standard (Par) Lemon Geranium (challenge) & HM for Garden Bouquet. Gizella won first for Delphinium
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