The Lovely Katie came to supper bringing with her a dahlia of glorious pinkness from the Columbia Road Flower Market. It is now on my patio, a gorgeous urban supermodel surrounded by rather shocked fuschias and pelargoniums who will need to up their game to get any attention.
Katie, who is a gardener and knows what she is talking about, admired the frilly hollyhocks and the white fuschia which looks like tiny candles at dusk and then said kind things about my August Border. I helpfully pointed out the many deficiencies but she was adamant "Don't forget that I saw it this time last year - it looks so much better now." Sometimes you need a friend to say the right things to help you change gear. If I roll up my sleeves and stop making excuses even the Dismal Border can be transformed by this time next year.