Step into my office:
The first day back from vacation is usually a bitch.
I understand that in the cosmic scheme of things I have a pretty good gig, but the forced return to real life still isn't easy. Yet today, I actually looked forward to seeing how the gardens had fared in my absence. I even took my camera along in case a particularly pretty posy caught my eye.
There was some extra sweeping to be done, more deadheading than usual, and a good deal of staking. But hey, it's August and it had been two weeks since my last maintenance visit. Generally things looked pretty darn good, which I took as a sign of solid ground work. These are strong gardens, and I'm proud to be their caretaker.
And because I don't want to loose my newly acquired Photoshop skills quite yet...here's a panorama assembled from three shots of the garden and skyline.