A dismal day, weather-wise anyway. The wind blew, the rain hammered and it was chilly. Welcome to flaming June! Rain did not, however, stop play. Myself and Mrs Beast sowed some seeds, stratified others and took cuttings of hydrangea, viburnum, rhododendron and several mystery shrubs. The new plants were allocated spots around the garden, to be planted later as homework. Undaunted by the torrents, Mr Beast worked like a demon outside. After a monumental struggle, the likes of which have not been seen since Godzilla met King Kong, he managed to oust a dreary but persistent cotoneaster. On the way home, when the rain had turned from steady to sheet, I stopped at the edge of the road to admire this hay meadow. All in all, it was a pretty good day.