Summer rainJune ... mid-summer or the start of summer? As a gardener in East Anglia I think of it as the end of any risk of frost and time to plant out tender plants. Last year we were experiencing a extremely heat and drought, the grass already burnt to a frazzle, by contrast this year June has been a month of extremes ... heavy rain, windy and cloudy days and the occasional perfect summer's day.
Last year I was just completing the illustrations for Lia Leendertz's 2019 edition of The Almanac - a seasonal guide ... so the illustrations for June were the only month I could actually draw from life.
This year the mix of warmth and rain has meant the wildflowers have been splendid ...
Elderflowers in my garden
Foxgloves in my garden
A wild rose photographed on Suffolk Day (Midsummer Day)
along the Suffolk Coastal Heathlands Path at Bawdsey
The identification page continues the theme of trees that began with twigs in the January chapter, with leaves.
Revisiting my photographs for my blog in January, the fields were green with the young shoots of Winter sown Barley
Six months later the Barley is fully grown and beginning to ripen, the fields undulate and swish like the waves of the sea.
I've been spending some time sketching, bright sunlight on the Barley fields make them shine a with a colour between yellow ochre and sap green. The trees and hedges marking out the boundaries of the fields and the course of the Stour Brook in the shallow valley filled with Barley fields.