garden photography: in the heat of the moment

June is all about ‘the essence of summer’

(This month I want to see what summer means to you. Still focussing on the garden or parkland let your photographs tell me your story of summer-time wherever in the world you live. )

Helenium and Salvia
Helenium and Salvia

The next association I have with summer is heat – not necessarily the temperature as that has been a little lacking over the past few years – but heat in the borders. Summer colours become more dramatic, vibrant and loud, unlike the softer, paler pastel shades of the spring.


And remember, summer means June, July and August in the northern hemisphere or December, January and February  in the south.


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56 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Heleniums are definitely the noisy ones at the summer ball, it took a while for me to come round to liking them!

    1. Sue says:

      Love your description, Gilly!

    2. Heyjude says:

      Haha… that’s one way to describe them, I love their flamboyant costumes, rather like Spanish dancers!

  2. Sue says:

    A lovely burst of vibrant summer colour, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      If you pop back to last week you might recognise the photos 🙂

      1. Sue says:

        Just popped over!

  3. Beautywhizz says:

    Lovely hot flowers!

  4. restlessjo says:

    That helenium shot is a cracker, Jude, and I love your ‘played with’ Header. A gentle drizzle falls here and is forecast to do so all week. I shall attempt to stay cheerful. Soggy scarecrows may be on the agenda. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I haven’t played for a while and have to admit this is an old photo, but old ones are good ones, aren’t they? Rather damp here today – began around 7 pm yesterday when once again we found ourselves living in the cloud 🙂 Still it gives me time to catch up on the blogging front 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      You too! (Today is a rain day, but I hope there will be lots of sunny ones to come….)

  5. A spot of orange in the garden is so uplifting. I wonder if heleniums are related to echinacea. They look similar.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They both belong to the Asteraceae family (daisy-like) which has over 23,000 species! Fortunately I love daisies 😀

      1. Well, there you go! I learned something new today. Thanks.

  6. Tish Farrell says:

    Hot stuff indeed, and so joyous, Jude. All those heleniums. I’ve been growing Helenium hoopesii from seed, which will flower in full-on yellow if the pic is anything to go by. Only problem is I’ve got to wait till next summer to find out. And between now and then there’s so much slug-fending-off to be done. Btw I am intending to post some photos for this challenge…

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m going to have a go at raising plants from seed now I have some outside space, been a long time since I did that! And there are a LOT of snails here…

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        Snails not good. This year I’ve also grown some Silver Fox foxgloves, assorted verbascum and monarda, and echinops so next year should be very exciting. I’ve taken some young plants to the allotment where they really have to fend for themselves against the rampant molluscs.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Do you raise them in a greenhouse?

        2. Tish Farrell says:

          I used the utility room window sill. Not ideal and it all got a bit messy. Also as soon as things germinated I tried to move them into the conservatory for better all round light, but this was easier said than done as OH was trying to use all the same space for man-things.

        3. Heyjude says:

          I used to grow seeds on the window sills too – it became a pain when having to put them outside and take them in again to ‘harden’ them off before planting! I must have had a lot of patience in those days 🙂

        4. Tish Farrell says:

          It’s interesting how one runs out of patience, even with things one rather likes doing; or at least one likes the end result, but can’t be bothered with doing ‘the getting there.’

        5. Heyjude says:

          I think I am more patient now than when I was younger, but then I had no money so growing flowers from seed was an economic decision. Now I can afford to buy ready grown plants 🙂

  7. findingnyc says:

    The colors are gorgeous! Makes me wish I had some outdoor space so that I could grow some myself!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Indoor plants? Or share mine (of course these aren’t actually my flowers) vicariously 🙂

      1. findingnyc says:

        Unfortunately, my cats have declared our flat to be indoor-plant free! They seem to have something against plants. So I will just have to admire your lovely photos of flowers instead! 🙂

  8. celticmama36 says:

    It’s been raining here most everyday since mid to late April, although I didn’t see any rain yesterday. It is still overcast and more storms are expected today. One year it rained for about 4 months straight. It was so depressing. Hopefully it won’t last that long this year.

    I just posted a flower photo at:

    I look forward to seeing everyone’s photos. Have a blessed day!

    1. Heyjude says:

      That’s one soggy spring 😦

      1. celticmama36 says:

        Yes, it is. We ended April with a flood and had another one in May. So far, so good for June in regards to flooding.

  9. Gorgeous hot summer colours, Jude. I really love the Helenium.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Gorgeous flowers aren’t they? I do love these vibrant colours.

  10. A great embodiment of heat Jude, and a pile of great shots – still without the new camera??

  11. Yes! I’m looking forward to hot summer colours, beautiful vibrant images Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Beth 🙂

  12. pommepal says:

    Wow Jude they are stunning had to put my sunnies on. Hope your weather is improving. I’m tropical this week.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Forecast not good this week, but hopefully the sun will shine at some point – we have our next set of visitors so it would be a shame for them not to experience the lovely weather.

      1. pommepal says:

        Uk weather hasn’t changed much then over the years… Hope you get some sun for the visitors.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not looking good today, it is tipping it down 😦

  13. Sue says:

    Well, here’s my effort, Jude! Thought I would show willing for this week:

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