Midsummer blooms, damsels and tigers

My favourite flowers for midsummer are out: climbing roses, whose blooms come in tight clusters; the airy, winged flowers of Gillenia Trifoliata; the pure white of Geranium phaeum 'alba'; and the perfumed mock orange whose scent hangs on the warm air during the day and wafts in to the house in the evening. Then there…

As I walked out one midsummer’s evening . . .

. . . past hawthorn hedge, and ash trees high. Out into meadowlands, towards the setting sun, through billowing umbillifers, and buttercups bright. Grass, vetch and clover left tall to mark where our steps should tread . . .   . . .  before reaching the open again. Time measured only by dandelion clocks .…