After a dry spell we are back to showery, mild weather typical of Ireland. The rain makes things grow, and not just the vegetables, but the slug populations, and weeds too. One finds oneself in a constant battle of wills. Thankfully the frog population is healthy and at the moment we are seeing lots of tiny frogs less than 1 inch long!
In late June, there always seems to be a huge spurt of growth, from grass, hedges and trees. Pathways would soon disappear and gates and gaps would close in, without some clipping and mowing. In many respects we are just trying to tame nature. Without us this garden would soon become a truly wild place.
Among the flowers pollinators are busy and I hope happy.
Tonight in Ireland, 23rd June, is St. John’s Eve. A midsummer festival celebrated with bonfires at sunset. It is not a tradition that is widely celebrated any more, which is shame. So tonight I will celebrate with the joys of midsummer – some of the flowers!
HAPPY MIDSUMMER one and all.