I'm feeling bad about nagging the Hollyhocks now. This is a flower that needs a little time to get ready for the party. So Many Ruffles.
I have been away but now I am back in the garden, ready for August. There will be much lounging, drinking wine and eating crostini. The garden could be more perfect in many ways but it is quiet and shady on a hot day and the sunny border is full of bright summer colours. Next year I hope it will be more polished but for now I am satisfied. A friend came to lunch the other day and said "It's like a secret garden!" which is exactly the effect I wanted to achieve. Even the Hollyhocks are cooperating.