Day 159: sunshine and rain

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Sunshine and rain – typical June weather. People tend to forget how showery June can be, but if this weren’t the case the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club wouldn’t have found it necessary to build roofs over the courts at Wimbledon – if only to stop Cliff Richard singing during the rain breaks. What this means for the garden is that each plant takes full advantage of an abundance of warmth, light and water, and grows away like the clappers. Any hope of keeping my garden in check this month goes out the window, as everything begins to looks ... well, rather like the photograph. There’s a shed in there, somewhere – it’s propping up the very lovely climbing rose ‘Étoile de Hollande’. I do not stress (much) – this is a time to be grateful for the rain, to breathe deeply with the plants, and ride the green wave as it rolls through the garden.

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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, writer, photographer, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking this image.