The monsoon arrived late in Bangladesh this year, possibly because it took a detour via Grange-over-Sands. The flooding here was so severe that a canoe was seen on Windermere Road. The heavy rain came with some nasty gales and sometimes I dreaded opening the curtains for fear of seeing a scene of devastation outside. But the damage has been relatively mild; one or two trees have lost branches but the plants seem OK and all the dahlias have stayed upright even though they aren’t staked. They are all in flower, except for the plants which are growing from cuttings, and they are coming along well. Even the cannas are coming into flower. I’ve never seen so much colour so early in the season, which more than makes up for the occasional dampness in the air. I even think that the photos in this slideshow benefit from the droplets of rain on the flowers and foliage.