As July Ends & August Begins

The garden has been bursting with life and growing very quickly as it always does at this time of year!
We have been busy with our maintenance; pruning, shaping and styling many of the plants in the garden, not to mention pulling out weeds that appear almost overnight!
I got the chance to wonder the garden this morning and the sun came out during my visit; which was lovely.
We have had lots of rain this month, interspersed with bouts of beautiful sunshine. The garden has been loving the warm temperatures and the abundance of water, with plants shooting up and out with new growth.
As the summer holidays have now arrived, we have been meeting lots of little budding gardeners some only 5 years old who have brought their parents to visit us! I grew up surrounded by plants and Bonsai and i always love meeting children who share this passion from such a young age!
The garden is now at its full summer colour pallet; with greens dominating in a variety of shades and red, purple and yellow leaves jumping out of the landscape.
Its a time of growing and high energy in the garden at this time of year and you can feel a sense of movement in the plants as the breeze gentle rocks the foliage and everything is growing with such speed.
I watched the Koi swim quickly around the pond as i stood on the bridge today; the females look ready to burst with their pregnant bellies and the males follow them keenly awaiting for the eggs that i suspect will soon arrive.
I also enjoyed watching some gorgeous little damsel flies flitting around the plants near the water in the most vivid shade of blue and turquoise.
Hopefully we will continue to get some sunshine in between these showers for the next few weeks of summer!
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