Updated: Sep 8, 2018
This summer has so far been astounding. I've lived in the UK for over 15 years and I've never known such gorgeous summer sunshine. It feels positively Mediterranean and reminds me a little bit of summers back in Perth, where I grew up.
And it is not just the sunshine that is making me excited. I'm excited because despite being super busy with work that keeps me indoors with the blinds drawn to keep the glare of the sun away from my computer screen (design work and planting lists and day to day admin), I've also had a pleasant number of jobs that have taken me outdoors (planting jobs and garden maintenance work and of course looking after my own ever evolving garden). As I reach towards the end of my first year as a qualified and practising garden designer I can say that I'm happy with the balance of work that is coming in and am excited and looking forward to new projects and challenges! Every step is a step forward. Every job important and exciting.
So keep the sunshine coming and I'll keep making the most of whatever comes my way!
A note about watering
I do feel that I need to add that as gardeners who are used to fairly reliable rainfall, this weather does pose some challenges - particularly when it comes to watering requirements. We all know that we need to be careful with our water consumption especially at times like this. Luckily, as with everything, there are always solutions and things that we can do to reduce the amount that we have to water. This helpful article from the Guardian offers some advice and sets out a number of water saving tips.