After the coldest spring for at least 50 years, the garden is alive with colour as June dawns. This brunnera, with its silver green leaves and flowers like forget-me-nots, makes a stunning show in a shady corner. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENTER THE GALLERY
The gorgeous pinky-white bells of enkianthus campanulatus hang in huge clusters beneath the spreading green foliage.
Aquilegias of everyt shade from white to deep purple are lighting up the garden.
A late flower on Magnolia stellata looks like a water lily on a sea of green.
A vibrant scarlet rhododendron and the coppery new leaves of fennel make a striking display at the end of the garden.
The brilliant yellow of Welsh poppies combines with deep purple geranium phaeum, aquilegias and tellima for a riot of early summer colour.
An orange-tinted Welsh poppy is about to burst forth – the bees will soon be visiting.
The delicate white bells of halesia catch the June sun.
Camassia rises in the parterres, tough as old boots and not even slightly deterred by the vicious winter and cold spring.
Dragonflies have been enjoying the sunshine…
The butterflies are multiplying too – this speckled wood has joined the usual suspects in the garden.