July 2010

There is nothing subtle about the pictures I have chosen as celebration of this gloriously sunny month – in fact ’brazen’ is more the word that comes to mind!
In my garden splashes of crimson and scarlet seem only to accentuate the heat. Self-seeded poppies have sprung up in the most unlikely places and spires of magenta Persicaria Amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’ contrast beautifully with gold and rust-red day lilies. My favourite plant of the month though is Potentilla nepalensis ‘Miss Willmott’. From neat rosettes of strawberry-like foliage, branching stems bearing cherry-pink, dark-eyed flowers grow in abandon.
Elsewhere, despite the heat, wild strawberries are thriving and perhaps as a direct result of so much sunshine, their tiny berries are as sweet this year as the exquisitely perfumed strawberries of France known as fraises ‘Mara des bois’. Eating them as they ripen has become a daily treat – happy days indeed.

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