There is little to rival the sheer exuberance of the garden at this time of year. Even in my little patch things are flourishing and vital.
Blue and pink Hyssop are covered in blooms.
Echinacea is looking beautiful. If you look at this close up you can see that each head is actually made up of many tiny individual flowers, called florets. Amazing no?
I planted the cornflowers late so they are only just blooming now.
I adore borage flowers, they are so ethereal yet the plant’s medicine is so strengthening. Along with the normal blue flowers I’ve had a few rogue pink ones this year.
Self heal and heartsease, both favourites of mine and excellent skin healing herbs, are adorning the spaces between larger plants.
Monarda, geranium ‘rozanne’ and Calendula all add some blazes of colour.
And best of all we are harvesting something delicious for our table everyday. Romanesque cauliflowers captivate me completely, their fractal forms seem almost unreal. Peas are about my favourite garden snack, along with strawberries of course, and salads fresh from the garden are a million, million miles from those bought in the shop.
The Roses and Motherwort have also been stunning but they will have posts all of their own in the next week or so. I hope you are enjoying your gardens, patios, window boxes and local parks this summer, wherever in the world you may be.