This evening it was just me and my youngest daughter for dinner, as my eldest is living it up in Paris, and Stevie was not home from work. We have been able to eat outside each evening: summer has begun.
Younger daughter has been indulging me this Chelsea week, by watching the footage of show gardens each evening, and critiquing them with me. I love that we have this shared language.
In the pre-match build-up, I glanced out of the bay window which looks onto the rose garden (I planted the rose garden here because the bay window was crying out for a view).
My favourite geranium, ‘Anne Thomson’, is starting to put on her full splendour, and was aglow in the slanting evening light.
There is a lovely slope from the heights of Lupin ‘Thunderclouds’ on the left, through Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ and into the mounded geranium. It reminds me of a coastal view.
One cluster of flowers caught my eye. They echo the feel on my skin of the evening sun, and bring to mind swishy silken skirts and sandals.
Geranium cups open out flat into saucers in the midday sun, but in the evening they start to fold back up. I love the way you get magenta shadows where the petals overlap.
The Salvia is not fully out yet. I love the black stems, and the different shades of purple and magenta, plaited together like corn stalks. The dark red foliage of Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ behind enhances the red-purple of the Salvia.
The sage-green foliage sets off the purples perfectly. They are a third of the way from one another on the colour wheel, which always works well.
The upright spikes and the diagonals of petals and leaves remind me of a Bridget Riley painting.
The slanting light adds a magical quality.
Only a scene like this could make me late for Chelsea.
Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’ is also featured in Generous Geraniums (Part One), if you like her style!