Suddenly everything is looking fresh and green, the perennial borders are springing into growth, sadly not just the flowers but also that pesky, pernicious weed, ground elder.
I've resorted to a bit of hand weeding, which I'm sure is ineffectual but at least will stop the dratted stuff from setting seed.
There is still quite a bit of yellow in the garden but it is fading fast and other colours the I much prefer are starting to emerge.
The forget-me-nots that seed freely all over the place have been wonderful but are now past their best. I need to pull them out and put them on the compost heap.
I'm always sad to see them go, but they will make space for my cosmos seedlings that are straining to be out of their pots.
Honeysuckle flowering on the house wall
and a row of iris in the veg garden.
Last years planting of chard has grown ridiculously large. I'll leave one to seed to plant for the winter. The spuds are growing well and have been earthed up - now that's a sight to gladden the heart of a Murphy!