Meanwhile, back at the ranch, as the saying goes, everything has romped out of control. We have been away for only a short time, less than two weeks, but in our absence the badgers managed to dig a hole under the fence and devour all the gooseberries. They have done far worse in past years, so although it's annoying I'm relieved that at least the root crop is still in the ground!
Flowers have newly bloomed in the borders.
The phlox, 'Miss Kelly' is one of my favourites.
The lovely 'Blauwschokker' pea flowers have turned into interesting-looking pods, although Maisie doesn't look very impressed.