A late Tree Following post this month. The crab apple is in full leaf, casting dappled shade beneath it.
All around, the garden is in bloom, full of the scent of roses, pinks and philadelphus.
Looking upwards, the crab apple`s canopy allows the light to shine on lower branches.
There are precious few crab apples ripening this year. Last year`s crop was the heaviest we have seen.
Grasses and wild flowers grow in the strip where daffodils are dying back.
The crab apple mingles its leafy branches with its neighbour, a red flowered horse chestnut.....
....which is growing a good crop of conkers for squirrels to bury in the autumn.
In a nearby border, a beautiful peony is at its best.
Self sown foxgloves, woundwort, teasel and soapwort mix with roses and purple clematis.
The white cranesbill geranium is growing on an old ant hill, which gives it a rounder, higher shape than usual.
Rosa Gallica and a visiting honey bee.
Self sown feverfew, foxgloves and poppies among roses and rhubarb in a raised border.
Poppy in sunlight
The Seagull Rose that is almost at the top of its host, a conifer tree.
White dusty Miller with its silver leaves....
....and its vibrant pink cousin, Rose Campion.