We arrived back in England to sunshine, blue skies and a different colour combination in the garden as there were white daisies, philadelphus, white pelargoniums and cornflowers, purple and mauve sweetpeas and clematis.
The roses were also in full bloom and now it's the turn of the lavender bushes.
There are splashes of red and yellow here and there from the antirrhinums, pansies and pelargoniums in pots, but the overall impression is a garden containing borders along the cedar hedge of blooms in paler shades of colour.
However, the candy pink flowers of the phlox are beginning to open and it's not my favourite shade of pink. The plant is now too big for the raised flower bed and needs to be split up and/or planted elsewhere when it dies down later in the year. Now if it had been mauve or white, which I've seen in the local garden nursery....but at least it's next to the mauve night-scented stocks that are still going strong and some pink pelargoniums.
On the whole I'm pleased with the colour combination this year having added to the already existing plants with those grown from seed or produced from cuttings. Having a small garden means that the raised bed looks rather full at this time of the year, especially as there are some shrubs, vegetables and herbs growing in between the flowering plants.
The covered yard looks like a jungle, but it's good to see the different types of tomato, the beans, peppers and other vegetables developing and ripening slowly. Some of the tomatoes in the greenhouse at the allotment are ripening up and are ready to gather and enjoy. There's always the watering to be done in this hot weather, but having a shared allotment lessens the load and having other vegetables growing in the yard and garden is handy.
(Since writing this in draft form we've had a deluge of heavy rain which has flooded the garage because it's on a slight slope, but nothing is damaged and it's just a matter of sweeping the water away. Some of the daisies and cornflowers are going over and looking bedraggled, but there's the benefit of a good watering from Above). I wonder what the weather is like where you are?