These pretties are to be found in the bed below, formerly a weed-strewn patch beneath our only surviving apple tree. When we had a blast of hot weather back in March I decided to dig it over, edge it with some of our never-ending stash of Edwardian pavers, move plants from elsewhere in the garden, plant a few bee-friendly bulbs from Wilko and add a liberal sprinkling of seeds filched from our travels.
The Empress of India nasturtiums.
See my headless gnome? He was original to my parental home, a rare survivor of the Arts & Crafts movement. I never found his head, he's got a crown of houseleeks instead!
It feels a bit strange wearing clothes (a 1960s Indian-made Ikat kaftan from Harrods via eBay) after three days in nothing but a bikini and a liberal application of factor 30. I've heard a rumour that the heatwave might be coming back in a fortnight, I shall keep everything crossed!
See you soon!