We are not long back from a fantastic week on the Isle of Harris. The Dafter was able to come with us, as well as Gay, and we all had a great time. I will show you some photos once I get them – and the laundry – sorted out. A few days before we left on holiday, the sun came out for a few hours in the morning. It was incredible – and warm too! About 18C/ high 60sF for a while. I made the most of it in the garden. The poppies have continued to bloom, both pink frills and purple ones:
The “Angel’s Choir” poppies are also blossoming, growing up through the Boscobel rose and the nigellas, which aren’t yet flowering:
Over by the summerhouse, the Crocosmia Lucifer is adding a splash of colour:
All of it was so beautiful in the sun, so heady, that I went a bit wild and made three bouquets for the house:
I was very glad that I had done so, because by lunchtime the temperature had dropped back into the 50s, it was pouring again, and I had two sweaters, a shawl, and wool socks on.
Despite all the rain, the hydrangea in the front garden is giving us some lovely blossoms:
The bees really love this plant. It might provide me with flowers for the house during the winter – I remember my mother drying hydrangea and making bouquets from the dried blossoms. Of course she had a dry basement to hang them upside down in, but perhaps I could find a way to do so here. Hmm, I must give that some thought! If you have tips on drying hydrangeas, please let me know.
Happy August to you all! I hope you are making the most of your summer (for those fellow Northern Hemisphere dwellers), regardless of the weather.