You know that summer is really here when the meadow transforms itself into a bright pattern of yellow, white, pink and purple. The meadow flowers like the bright Hawkweeds and the Daisies have come into bloom, and the meadow is at its most interesting.
My favourite is the Orange Hawkweed or 'Devil's Paintbrush', such a bright orange and finely toothed petals.
But there's are several yellow species of Hawkweed too, this one known as King Devil.
Together they grow in many spots across the meadow.
There are lots of Daisies too; you see them along the roadside frequently.
There's the large blossoms of the Mallow, which ranges from pink to white.
And of course there's lots of Crown Vetch, a beautiful purple, but a troublesome weed in the garden. I aim to get it out before it ever blooms when it's tangling itself among the plants in the garden.
There's only a little Bird's Foot Trefoil, widely escaped from cultivation, and common along the roadsides, but it's one of the brightest yellow flowers.
I find it very hard to get photos that show the broader pattern of colour in the garden, and always resort to close-ups. It's hard to get a reasonable focus on wider shots like these - but hopefully they give you an impression of the splashes of colour across our meadow.