This picture sprung at me as I sat on the steps outside my house with Doubly, my sentimental old Border Collie, just before setting off on a walk late on this hot-hot afternoon.
I love this path and the odd angles of the paving, done in black slate and red stock-bricks. To the left is Trudie’s Garden, the collection of mainly HT roses I planted for my mother. To the right a little double azalea blooms its heart out in late summer, only to repeat the performance in spring. Beyond the Sophora japonica tree – which also goes by the evocative name of Japanese Pagoda Tree – which has given me so much pleasure these last months filters the late sun.