My monthly trip to the Botanic Garden in Cambridge has rolled around once more. I have to start with the flower that always typifies hot summers for me and that's the coneflower or Echinacea. The centres seem to be bursting with sunlight while the petals appear to be exhausted by the heat!
But I knew where I ought to be heading in this warm, dry spell of weather which we're having at present - The Dry Garden. It's a small area within the larger garden which is devoted to drought-resistant plants which may become the norm if global-warming is allowed to continue on its merry way. The next four photos were taken in the Dry Garden.
The curious black "flower" is Aeonium 'Zwartkop'.
The Dry Garden is interesting and attractive though a long way from the lush greenness which we associate with gardens here in the UK.
On the Rockery the little Peruvian Lilies were putting on quite a show.
And there were quite large areas devoted to various flower mixes. A sign explained, almost apologetically, that these were experimental research plots - in my opinion they can do as much experimental research as they like if it gives such stunning results as these.
The beds beside the small stream were a riot of growth and colour.
I sat by the lake for a while, but even here it felt more like the Amazon rain forest than England with many dragonflies skimming over the water.