After the deluge the sun came out! Everything was weighed down from the rain, including the Rowan tree with its masses of berries which are ripening fast and it’s still only July!

Rowan tree berries

The Sorbus is also known as mountain ash as well as Rowan and in English folklore is said to have magical properties and gives protection against witches.

Nigella is a popular cottage garden plant, which self-seeds prolifically. They are usually blue, white or pink, but cross-pollination will give you some interesting combinations. With its airy foliage surrounding the flower, you can see why this flower gets the name ‘Love in a Mist’. Don’t dead-head the flowers when they have finished flowering, as the seed heads are beautiful in their own way, plus you will get lots more plants for free next year!

Nigella flower

Who doesn’t love the curvaceous curves of the bearded Iris – bees find it irresistible, they are available in so many colours and were a great favourite with the garden designers at Chelsea Flower Show this year.

Bearded Iris

Picked a selection of old cottage garden favourites from my garden today – Aquilegas or Grannies Bonnets, Paeonies, Valerian and Cow Parsley. When looking for a suitable place to photograph them, I noticed the Green Man also wanted to get in on the act!

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Sadly, the tulips are past their best now, but remain beautiful to the end.  I thought this one with its floppy petals, still had an ethereal quality which I just had to photograph.

White Tulip, showing stamens stigma

I went to photograph this beautiful cornflower and when I got close noticed it had an occupant! It was a type of shield bug I think – red on the outside with a gold triangle in the middle.

Shield Bug in Centaurea cyanus

Previously known as Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ it has been renamed Lamprocapnos spectabilis in 2011. This is the white flowered version of Love Lies Bleeding or Bleeding Heart, which gets its name from the heart-shaped flowers which drip from beautiful arching flower stems. It is a hardy cottage-garden flower, which performs well in both shade and sun, so long as it doesn’t dry out. It is looking spectacular at the moment with so many flowers on it. I couldn’t choose my favourite stem, so I cropped it down to these two flowers.

White Dicentra - Lamprocapnos spectabilis