Since last Autumn, through the Winter and Spring and now the Summer, the weather has certainly changed the predictability of the seasons. This in turn has effect our flowers. No matter if they grow in the hedgerows, fields or our gardens they have had to change with the new demands placed upon the natural world. For long periods of time we have had high than the normal temperatures, in February and early March record highs for the month. Now in July we know we have had all time record high temperatures. We have of course ‘enjoyed’ rain, at times it has been very welcome…. but it has also been exceptionally heavy and damaging.
Some of our plants flowered early, others much more prolific, some have suffered in either the heat or the wet, some like our Honeysuckle, normally an early flowerer,in our hedge, has this year had a ‘second coming’…… with flowers in greater abundance.
As July now comes to close, I thought we would reprise the wide variety (or at least some of the blooms) that we have enjoyed this month
In July we are always blessed with a wide variety of blooms…. but July is perhaps best famed for its Roses, this year they have certainly enjoyed the hot sun….
In one more day it will be August….I wonder what we have instore over the late Summer and into Autumn this year ?
(C) David Oakes 2019