It's pretty dreary today: rain, with a high temperature of about 50F. We're paying for the last few days, when the sun has been out almost non-stop and the temperatures broached 60F.
To cheer myself up I'm looking at the photos I've taken during the last couple of weeks, when the bluebells were at their peak and gardens were overflowing with bright azaleas and rhododendrons.
While my houseguest was here, we went to Kew Gardens. Here's the glass house there, which was steamy and warm inside, compared to a breezy cool day outside.
I found bluebells in Wendover Woods, near Hedgerley, and at Kew near Queen Charlotte's Cottage. We also stopped at Cowleaze Woods, not far from the M40, to take a few shots there, and at Nymans, a 600 acre country estate in West Sussex, we discovered a bluebell trail winding through the woods.
The first bluebell shots I took this year were at Cowleaze Woods, after a day out at Blenheim Palace. The trees hadn't yet greened out, but a week later the green contrasted nicely with the deep blue.