All the colours of the sun


All colours are of the sun, and are good.

— Elizabeth Goudge

With July’s sunshine come the colourful flowers – bright pot marigolds and tangerine Californian poppies, scarlet Achillea, purple salvias, geraniums and catmint, and sweetpeas of every hue. July is the month when I switch from wondering what on earth I can spare for a vase, to wondering what I can leave out. Soon I’ll have dahlias, cosmos, persicaria, Verbena bonariensis and more sweetpeas than I can shake a stick at, many varieties new to me this year. The pinkish sweetpea in the picture is the first of my ‘Spanish Dancer’ to bloom.



The sun blazed this morning as I sat on the top garden step and surveyed my small, buzzing, colourful kingdom, leaping up for my camera when a flighty red admiral settled first on the hot stone wall, then the railings, then a garden chair.


In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, and I recommend visiting her page to see hers and links to all the other vases created by garden bloggers across the world, whether filling them with the abundant delights of high summer, or the precious blooms of midwinter.


20 thoughts on “All the colours of the sun

  1. Oh what a fabulous shot of colour Joanna which immediately caught my eye on my blog reader and has made me smile on a grey and breezy morning. The quote has also bought back fond memories of an author whose books I devoured as a young teenager so thank you 🙂

  2. I like to re-read my Elizabeth Goudge books periodically – is that what you have been doing? Lovely quotation to accompany your vase full of colour so thanks for sharing both

  3. Beautiful, and yet another indicator of how different our climates are! My own California poppies, sweet peas and snapdragons are all long gone.

  4. Reblogged this on PEN PAPER AND PETALS STUDIO and commented:
    Hello! I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer! I wanted to share this with you. This inspires me to bring a bit of outside indoors and display my favorite container, too!

    Happy Saturday!

    With much love,

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