Denise: This is wild honeysuckle growing up the high garden wall. When I say wild, I don’t just mean a generic primitive variety, I mean that these really do grow wild here. Walking out in the wilds of the east coast of Uist, you’ll come across wild honeysuckle climbing up a rock face or cliff. So our honeysuckle on the wall is just practicing! It’s been here since long before we came, and is now recovering strength after a string of damaging winters. The scent is heavenly!
Jonathan: These pretty little flowers occur in patches or extended drifts as an under-storey to sparse grasses where the ground is wet and acid. The flowers are tiny – no more than 12mm or so across. This year they are especially profuse. I believe they may be sundews, but I have not been able to identify which. An un-common sundew? Lovely, aren’t they? Yet few would notice these! Can anyone identify them?
Jonathan: Right now, we’re on the threshold of abundance. This evening a first good helping of melt-in-your-mouth totally heavenly first potatoes. We’ll have to start picking gooseberries very soon, or we’ll never catch up with the flush of fruit – and this year they’re looking to be good for quantity, quality and size. Strawberries – well we don’t get many of them, but what we get we’re eating now, as rhubarb starts to slow down. Today we each sampled a first ripe blackcurrant. Tomatoes are now ripening in numbers. Lettuces – well we’ve been picking a lettuce a day since perhaps late April, but they’re now growing bigger in the same time! Mints and Lemon Verbena for making fresh teas. Chives, parsley dill all a-plenty. Flowers … well we don’t actually grow flowers other than statice, and why bother when nature grows them in abundance and glory. Machair flowers are probably at or near their most exuberant right now – just as the Scottish school holidays start and the campsite next door is taken over by families for a few weeks. Another abundance!