Urban living can deprive us of our sense of the seasons – a garden brings the opportunity to reconnect. With the passage of the summer solstice the ripening quarter of the year is on us; natives of the northern hemisphere such as campanula, foxglove and campion have already flowered and set their seed, as have docks, nettles and buttercups. July is the moment to step back, accept all the inadequacies of my efforts in the garden and appreciate all that the summer sun affords.

I’d recommend a kind of aestivation when shade becomes a welcome asset, from which you can quietly enjoy the movement of ...


There are approximately 898 more words in this article.

To read the rest of this article, please buy this issue, or join the Resurgence Trust. As a member you will receive access to the complete archive of magazines from May 1966.

Buy Issue Join Us

If you are already a member, please Sign in