I looked out of the bedroom window this morning and saw that the Inula in the front garden was in bloom. It is not a flower I am particularly fond of but I grow it for one reason only. The Peacock Butterflies seem besotted with it.
Sure enough, I went out with my camera five minutes later and there was already one on it. Not a fantastic photograph - but I thought I would put it on for you anyway.
It is official that it has been the hottest month here in the UK for something like twenty years. The weather is set to change to rain on Monday, but if we don't get any more Summer at all then this one has certainly been a cracker.
People in countries like parts of the United States, where heat is the norm every year (I was once in Phoenix in late May and that was far hotter than I wanted thank-you) don't always realise that here in the UK we only have sunshine like that now and again. I think our memories of every Summer being hot and dry are probably enhanced by time, don't you?