I love pottering about in the garden but it's been very hard to find any enthusiasm to do even the things I enjoy the most, and even though I know my mood would lift if I spent more time outside I just haven't been able to face it.
I did have a little wander around this morning though, to see what I've missed and what needs doing and to take some photos. It felt like making a long overdue visit to see an old friend, although I did promise to visit again very soon.
I can't explain how much I love this black elder (sambucus nigra). It looks beautiful all year round, with flowers in the summer and berries in the autumn and the colour is a great contrast with other plants. The leaves are the deepest red-black although the photos don't do the colour justice. Stunning.
I've picked some of the peppers and there are an abundance of chillies now, but I need to find a way of storing them. I'm off to check the best way to do it.
In the meantime, please visit Mammasaurus' blog to see some gardens that haven't been neglected.