The weather has been most peculiar in the mountains this summer. Old hands may say that it is quite normal, but to me the days of high temperatures, late afternoon thunderstorms and vicious hail are not what I recall of mountains summers. These sub tropical like days may then be followed by a day or two of cooler temperatures and drifting mists.
It was on a day of humidity and heat that I visited Craignish. The sky was stormy, with the sun appearing intermittently to light the garden. The hydrangeas and roses, whilst still beautiful, were showing signs of the stresses the weather has subjected them to.
What such a day does though is render greens more intense, leaves are deeper in colour and form, drops of water glow. When the sun did appear it caused the most delicate of shadow leaf patterns to appear.
The rain guage was full almost to overflowing.