Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Midsummer Morning

Wow, Summer's here! Quick, get the camera (before it goes away again...).
Today is Midsummer Day.  As it's such a gorgeous and beautiful morning here, I got my camera after breakfast and took a few snaps of our early-morning garden. 

Britain has not had a very good summer so far; we've had about eight or nine weeks of rain, rain, more rain... with a bit of rain thrown in for good measure - and don't even get us all started on the floods, gale-force winds and thunderstorms! 

It's nice to have some sunshine for a change.  And, now that the rain has gone for a while, the plants are all making the best of the sunshine - June really is bursting out all over!

The Acacia tree, from J's window

This is the view from the dining room window (sorry about the blurred bits)
Lovely view at breakfast time!

It's so lovely and warm, that the door stands open from 6 or 7am, until we go to bed.

And this is what we see out of the back door - a garden bathed in early morning sunlight!

The roses are blooming in profusion. 
There are so many that the rose bushes are leaning over under their weight!

 Such gorgeousness! And they smell wonderful too.
There's been so much water, that the garden is full of green.

Roses are smothering the bushes along the garden wall.

By the new archway, near the back door, this elder bush is flowering. 
The flowers smell wonderful!

And look at these fountains of white blossom!
(come the winter, we'll have fountains of orange berries instead)

Mr LizzieMade is so pleased that his strawberries are fruiting.
I think we'll have them for dessert at the weekend!

This year, June is definitely the Month of Roses!


  1. Glad you found some sunshine. The weather is very changeable here in Ireland.

  2. Not much better here in South Wales, although today looks pretty good - so far

  3. What lovely photos of your garden, Lizzie! I just said to Doug this morning that I wish it would rain. We haven't had a good rain in a while, and it is HOT and DRY here in Arizona. All that rain really makes for a lush and green garden. Thanks for sharing!

    Oh, and I LOVE your beautiful roses!!!

  4. Ooo! Rinda in Ireland... how fab - will you visit Sian?

    It's clouded over a bit here, so changeable seems to be the order of the day here too...

    And Deb, if I could send you some roses, I would - but they'd be a mush by the time they arrived!

  5. Wow, love that last photo, at least it seems like the roses are loving your rainy summer :)

  6. Your garden is looking fab Lizzie....I can smell these roses from here!
    Alison xx

  7. Your garden looks gorgeous - lovely light!

  8. beautiful photos Lizzie it really does look like summer (not sure how long it is going to last though!)

  9. Really beautiful flowers! Glad you all are getting some sunshine!

  10. Lovely roses. David Austins?
    I've just come indoors from doing some essential pruning to let light in.

  11. Over the past few years an elder flower tree has sprung up ... cant decide whether to keep it ...the smell is beautiful though.

  12. Wow, what a beautiful garden you have?! That last rose picture is stunning.

  13. Those crumpled roses are just stunning - I want to sniff them from here!

  14. Hi Lizzie, so lovely to see you over at my blog, thanks so much for the lovely long message, it made my day!

    Catching up on your blog, oh wow what beautiful roses and such a gorgeous garden. Enjoyed reading about your art journal workshop too, beautiful work!

    Have a great week! Sue xxx


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