On Thursday, I checked the ten day forecast and saw nothing but dark clouds and rain ahead of us and no sign of the glorious days of twenty degrees and gin and tonics in the garden. What a wet way for spring to merge in to summer! But we don't really expect anything different in the UK, do we? That's why we take great pride in having a vast selection of umbrellas around our home, in our handbags and almost certainly in the boots of our cars (along with wellies and emergency raincoats). Or is that just me?
With potentially the last of June's rays lighting up the coastline of North Wales, we decided to return to one of our favourite places, Bodnant Garden. When we were there back in February, we were wrapped up in coats, hats and scarves despite the sun and beautifully clear skies. This time, short sleeves, sunglasses and suncream were the order of the day ... and a pitstop for ice lollies, of course.
I wasn't actually planning to take my camera with me but my dad had read reports of the Laburnum Arch - a 55 metre long pergola of golden flowers - being in full bloom and as it only flowers for a handful of weeks, I thought it would be nice to capture it for those of you who want to see it but don't live close by. As it happens, because I'm quite possibly the worst blogger in the world, I was so awestruck that I spent way too much time simply walking through it and marvelling at how breathtaking it was and only thought to take three photos of it. Yes, three. Just three. I apologise for my complete and utter uselessness. I'm so sorry.
However, I did snap one on my phone and shared it on Instagram ... the quality does nothing for the sheer beauty of the arch but it will give you some idea of the full effect. It's stunning, isn't it?
As you'd expect, the rest of the garden wasn't looking too shabby, either. While the sun followed by rain followed by a bit more sun and then topped off with a few showers leaves us mere mortals a tad confused, it does amazing things for flowers and trees. And for that, I can forgive the British weather. Almost.
Here are a few of my favourite photographs from the day. Now to work out how to recreate the look, with full pond, pergola and fountain, in my back garden. We may have to knock down our house!