Summer. This has been the hottest, driest summer I can ever remember. The gardens are really struggling. Add to that that I have not had time to tend them as I usually do and it is understandable that they are not as lush and vibrant as usual this year. Is has been very disappointing…especially because it is my last summer here. Of course it does make cool, wet Ireland more attractive.
So most of these pictures are from past summers. When the gardens were at their best. Summer is when the flowers have to share the glory with the veggie beds…a busy time of harvesting…and bouquets…and glorious color!
These lovely clematis have grown up this trellis for over ten years. Their moment is brief but magnificent and I always look forward to their cheery blooms. Sadly, they did not return this year..which makes this picture even more special.
They are stunning against the bark of the birch.
The meadow flowers and the persicaria bloom, adding more color to the borders.
And suddenly everything is ablaze with color.
Meanwhile, the vegetables have ripened.
And harvesting is ongoing.
Tomatoes are roasted to be frozen and basil is made into pesto. It is a busy time.
And finally, the morning glories begin to bloom!
And they are glorious!