It’s many years since we’ve taken a summer holiday, partly because the summer is when we have the most work to do, but also because there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. It’s a real wrench to spend even a couple of days away from the garden. But this July I had to be away for ten whole days and whilst it was sad to be away, it was a joy to return to see the astonishing change which had taken place in such a brief period. The garden had burst into colour. I was greeted by banks of vivid vibrant primary colours- reds, yellows and oranges from cannas, gladioli, dahlias and crocosmia. It was wonderful to see the garden at its best again and almost worth being away to see the transformation.