Summer flowers are pure magic. As the year moves on from fertility to harvest, nature becomes increasingly wilder, luxuriant and in some cases more aggressive than before.
Take the Acanthus Moli, or bearsfoot, an invasive plant with rough, spiky ears and exploding podseeds that shoot spores all over the garden.
Nature in the summer is vivid, showy, excessive. The flowers of the Buddleja Davidii, also known as butterfly-bush, are perpetually covered in fluttering butterflies that make it look like a living, shivering otherworldy creature.
Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are pretty in a way that is almost exotic, with their long stems and flashy colours; the many varieties of hydrangea (Hortensia) never fail to satiate the eye, as does the Rosita Rose, which differs from the Ottavio (featured in our May herbarium) by being a lighter red with darker-yellow stripes.
Missed any blooms? See the previous flowerings: