I seem to have been away for most of July, what with Oxford and daughter visiting, Dartmoor and parent visiting and Austria and puffing up mountains. The garden has a dip in early July when lots of things get cut back and it all looks a bit bare and sad. I know this is my own fault for letting oriental poppies take over and for loving the rush of spring and early summer so much that later summer gets neglected and I am trying hard to balance out my year a bit better. I chopped back the hardy geraniums and the alchemilla and they are filling out again and there is a lot of cosmos grown from seed quietly filling in the gaps, but not yet really flowering.
I think I might have to take my camera out again tomorrow and get some close ups of the combinations which are pleasing me to add to these more distant views.