I’m awake quite early these sunny mornings, the main window in the bedroom faces east. When the sun is shining and the birds are singing, what is the point in staying in bed? Wandering round the garden at 5.30 or 6am with a mug of tea is quite a magical time, I chat to the birds and the hedgehog if I meet him.
The light at this time of the morning makes some of the plants look quite beautiful, the most beautiful I think, are the ferns in the bog garden, Matteuccia struthiopteris.
With the sun shining through them like this, I could look at them all day. A few hours later they are in full shade for the rest of the day, so early morning is the only time you would see them looking so beautiful.
When it was so hot eventually in July, after all the torrential rain that we had, seemingly for months, this was the best time to weed the sunny borders, before the sun got too much heat in it. Yes, I was out there in my pj’s and wellies , just as well no-one could see me! Shady borders can be weeded at any time of day, so nice to retreat into the cool shade.
Do you know what is looking stunning in your garden while you are fast asleep, you might find that your garden looks totally different in the early morning light, or maybe you are like me, already enjoying the first rays in your garden with a mug of tea or whatever else takes your fancy!