The Evening Light

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 ‘Anne Thomson’

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.

Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’

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.

Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’

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.

Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’

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!

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Val says:

    All so beautiful!

  2. bcparkison says:

    Can’t think of a lovelier view to dine with.

    1. Ali says:

      I planted my favourites next to the seating area for this reason. Very happy with the results!

  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Your salvias look lush and healthy with their velvety flowers. You have the same ones as me. Isn’t it wonderful when you can be outside on a balmy evening!

    1. Ali says:

      It is. Such a relaxing time of day.

  4. Heyjude says:

    The difference between April and May is astonishing. Your garden is very lovely as are your photographs.

    1. Ali says:

      It has plumped out nicely. Thanks Jude!

  5. Anne Wheaton says:

    It all looks beautiful and not half as headache inducing as a Bridget Riley painting! Gorgeous light – I love the way it slants through and catches the colours.

    1. Ali says:

      I love a bit of Bridget Riley intensity, but yes, this is a little bit more gentle on the eye!

  6. pommepal says:

    A lovely time of evening for photography

    1. Ali says:

      It is magical, isn’t it?

  7. I love how you see the sun rays in these pictures. Your blog has been encouraging me to get outside more, and it has been really good for me!

    1. Ali says:

      That is lovely to hear, Shelly. X

  8. Such a lovely geranium

    1. Ali says:

      I’m glad you like it.

  9. Ali, your awareness of so many subtle details in the garden – light, texture, color – is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your experience through your senses of your garden. I’ve been enjoying Chelsea “across the pond” via YouTube each day – so glad you can share that with your daughter 🙂

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment. x

  10. So beautiful. You brought me right into fantasy land, and it’s real!

    1. Ali says:

      I’m so glad you felt it. X

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