We have had thunder storms during the last week. During the night last Tuesday it rained for several hours, refreshing the garden so much that by the weekend there were more roses. Although the day time temperatures are pleasantly warm they are not HOT, so I am enjoying this summer very much more than this time last year when drought conditions were already making themselves felt. Yesterday there were thunder storms again but only a few drops of rain, not even enough to wet the ground.
The images of the slope were again taken in the morning at just after 8 am. Some parts of the slope are in bright sunlight others remain in deep shadow. Verbascum sinuatum (I call this Verbascum chaxii, which is the very similar cultivated variety which must be derived from it) has begun flowering now, this is another plant blown into the garden from the surrounding fields; a biennial that flourishes in the dry conditions but flowers for longer if there is a little rain. I did buy some Verbascum chaixii f. album ‘Wedding Candels’ but it only flowered for one season and hasn’t self-seeded; I must try some others from seed.