For the third year in a row July has been wet, this year exceptionally so. The Lake District has had 10 inches of rain, almost a monsoon, and a July record, although Grange has probably had less. The weather has been cold as well as wet, but one advantage of this is that although flowers are coming later than usual they are blooming for longer. And unlike the south and east of the country, which has had no rain at all, our lawns are green and lush, not brown and parched. On the other hand there has been very little chance to mow them. This slideshow shows the garden in July, to the soundtrack of Texas- Summer Son.