We arrived home last evening when it was already dark, having spent the last four days in Suffolk to celebrate my MIL’s 90th birthday. So as all gardeners do, the first thing I wanted to do when I got up this morning was to walk around the garden.
It was raining steadily but softly, perfect for the garden and yet the sun was shining and in one direction there was blue sky – very strange. I ventured out anyway with an umbrella but no camera into a world where every drop of rain captured on a flower or leaf was a sparkling diamond!
As soon as the rain stopped for a few moments (it’s been showery all day) I went outside again in the hope of capturing the magical world I had found; alas the sun was slightly higher in the sky and the effects weren’t the same at all.
The orange Eschscholzia will have to go, they spoil the colour palate, I’ll so some Eschscholzia californicum ‘Thai Silk’ to replace them.
The Cotinus has taken years to grow to this size; it is the first year that it has produced the effect I’d been hoping for.
Some of the Alliums that were planted in autumn 2008 in the now replaced formal beds are flowering and are more visible than in recent years because they aren’t competing for attention with the Perovskia.
A very happy May to you all.