I love the richness of colour after an abrupt rainstorm.
The earth is drenched and still in a quiet, post-storm recovery, when suddenly the Sun’s rays explode through the cloud, highlighting the recent soaking.
Colours in the shade are bolder, deeper. Sunlit areas look overexposed. The sun shines almost too brightly on the azaleas and ferns, like a spotlight.
It beams down on the Sweet Woodruff, which is overflowing in my raised herb border.
The Sweet Cicely stretches high enough to steal some of the rays from the woodruff behind it. This is starting to go to seed already and hopefully will increase in numbers here.
Shaded areas have a more secretive, hushed tone. The clematis are not entirely sure they want to be seen yet.
The centres of these flowers will soon burst open to reveal white pom-poms of petals.
The rain coaxed open the first pumpkin blossom, which tickled Little Flower, because only this morning we were examining this seedling and looking at the closed bud.
I happened to look up at approaching clouds and spotted an early honeysuckle bloom on the wall, taking in the last rays before a new shower commences.
Before the rain I happened to spy this out the kitchen window:
A contented pigeon on my garden bench, sitting pretty right in the middle of the seat, having a wee nap.
And who else should visit today but a turtle dove?
I was very happy indeed to catch this pretty bird enjoying an afternoon snack.
What do you notice after the rain?