After we had finished picking berries, we decided to drive past a farm that came up for sale which we wanted to check out. We thought we should drop by the garden center to see if they got in the supply of clematis that they had told us would arrive in August. I still needed to plant up the other side of our new rose arbour. I had to decide which clematis to get as they did have a nice selection. I decided on this one which is Clematis 'Piilu'. I really like the centers of this one which you can see well if you enlarge the photo.
We spent the afternoon pruning more of our holly which seems to be taking over parts of the garden. These large bushes were not cut back much before we bought the cottage and as a result there is a lot of dead wood on the inside. We regularly prune to encourage new and bushy growth and it is going very well. After an afternoon of working in the garden, a meal of tuna steaks with fresh green beans, carrots and onion was welcome refreshment.