June has been rather cold and damp, perfectly normal weather, in other words, for the start of summer. The rain has been good for the soft fruits but the cold has been disastrous for the flower garden. We’ve had an excellent crop of blackcurrants and gooseberries. On the other hand, the seedlings which we planted for cutting flowers at the beginning of May have hardly moved at all. I reckon we’re about a month behindhand and the only flowers I’ve been able to take to the hotels have been carnations. This slideshow, of photos taken in the garden during June, is much less colourful than we would expect at this time of the year.