Today is the longest day of the year, the height of summer light and sunshine. I've already heard the jokes about how we are now heading towards winter, but it isn't quite like that yet. The roses are at their most luscious and fecund. I've brought several into the house today, the red roses are just stunning at the moment.
I'm not even sure the pictures show how deep and velvety the red is. Sadly you will have to take my word for it!
The raspberries are starting to ripen and we have redcurrants and gooseberries starting to ripen too. The last of the frankly disappointing rhubarb is just coming up. All of this is made possible by the bees that buzz around our garden. We usually see a large range of bumble bees and the odd honey bee. However last Sunday we saw this outside the back door
A swarm of bees! I'm reliably informed that bees swarm when they are looking for a new home. I don't know where these came from although they are centred in next doors garden. The garden next door is not cultivated at all and the people who live there rarely go outside so the bees have been using it for a home or whilst resting. I'm not entirely sure they've gone as even though they seemed to buzz off, we've seen them again since.
After many weeks of barely being in the garden and feeling somewhat distanced from all that is happening, it was lovely to briefly gather some flowers today. Everything is lush and twice the size it was the last time I looked... The insects and the birds carry on regardless.