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!


The old saying “Ne’er cast a clout till May be out” actually refers to the blossom of the Hawthorn, known as May blossom, rather than the month of May. Suggesting that if it is warm enough for the blossom to flower, it is warm enough to lose some winter clothes. It’s still a bit chilly here at the moment though! The blossom on the Hawthorn or Crataegus monogyna is absolutely stunning this year and the scent filled the air this morning.

Crataegus monogyna or Hawthorn blossom

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

The beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway in Worcestershire is a popular tourist destination. At this time of the year many of the cottages and houses are adorned with Wisteria, which not only looks stunning against the honey coloured Cotswold stone, but smells delicious!

Wisteria in Broadway, Worcestershire