We have been so lucky yesterday and today as we have had sunshine and the bluest of blue skies. The combination of Helianthus Lemon Queen against the blue sky never fails to lift my spirits. This year in particular, the Helianthus has been fantastic.
I watched a plane leaving a vapour trail.
Magnolia Lilifolia Susan's yellowing leaves looked beautiful against the blue. I don't think even a Mediterranean sky could beat ours today.
The butterflies, bees, wasps and other insects were also enjoying both the sunshine and the ivy flowers. Ivy can be a thug and trying to keep it under control is a never-ending process, but it does have the benefit that insects love the flowers and birds love the berries. I saw Red Admirals...
...and I was really pleased that this Comma butterfly stayed still long enough for me to take a photo.
The sky has lightened up now and clouds have interrupted the clear blue, but what a beautiful couple of mornings.