The irises are standing proud at the side of the lilypond – unfortunately, though, we are not yet winning the battle against the algae, so the waterlilies don’t look quite as beautiful as they should! The yellow flags in the stumpery, blue irises in the Italian garden and others in the borders all  stand out from the green leaves and have their own distinctive markings.

This week volunteers planted more squashes, beans and dahlias, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that the forecast cold snap is not too cold, that we get some rain to help them establish and that the snails look elsewhere for their lunch!

It is lovely to see the damselflies and dragonflies back in the Gardens and the lavender and herbs were buzzing.