Having always dreamed of being able to live somewhere warm enough to grow a Lotus plant we are really enjoying the increased number of flowers in its second year of growth. As the grass browns and the heat rises they give a feeling of cool and calm. Truly beautiful.
This is such a colourful time of year with fields of sunflowers stretching over the Dordogne countryside. Sunflower seeds and oil are one of the main crops of the region so there is an extra delight to be had anticipating an excellent harvest.
As we have been having more rain showers this year the garden is still green and fresh with the privet, box and bay boules requiring more frequent clipping than normal. However I always find it is a peaceful job and one that is quite rewarding.