Despite grey skies, the light was good this morning so I walked around the garden, catching colours and late summer flowers with my camera. The roses have been so damaged by rain this year, but a few blooms are surviving beautifully in these warmer, late August days. The iceberg rose, above, looks lovely amid the blues of perovskia and agapanthus. There are self-sown teasels and evening primroses in this border.
Two agapanthus blooms against dark foliage.
Honey bees were finding nectar in rock rose flowers.
Across a corner of the little wild grassland "hay meadow". In the back of the border on the left is a tortured willow that I grew from a cutting and a Davidia tree showing green between the purples of berberis and cotinus ( smoke bush).
The young Indian Bean Tree is growing well now. We planted it about ten years ago. I love the way that its bright, yellow green leaves catch the light against the darker trees behind it.
We usually have a heavy harvest of ornamental crab apples, which feed the birds for weeks and give enough fruit for crab apple jelly. This year the fruit is scarce. Elderberries are also being eaten by the birds as soon as they ripen.
In a patch of yellows and purples, tansy and potentilla flower against a hebe and a half hidden clump of scented phlox.
The yellow stars and fluffy seed heads of Clematis mackenzii scramble up the fence beneath a tall Scots Pine.
Living in the beautiful New Forest, I am a married late-fifties woman, a recently retired teacher and the mother of grown up boys who have flown the nest. I share my days with cats, dogs, ponies and the wildlife all around us. Starting this blog is a chance to explore woods, fields, lanes and heath with my camera. A chance to share the simple pleasures of my country life.