It has been an amazing summer here in the UK. The best I can remember, with perhaps the exception of 2003. Lots of sun, consistently warm temperatures, and almost daily opportunities to eat outside in the evening. Over the last few years such occasions have been rare.
The vines are loving it. It has been an ideal growing season, starting a little late, but with beautiful weather through flowering and very low disease pressure. The drought has kept the vigour of the vines in check. I haven’t sprayed in ages. But I will be using some sulphur tomorrow on the vines, because today the weather broke.
We had a lot of rain today. Several torrential downpours. The forecast for the next few days is good, with temperatures remaining high, but perhaps a little less sunshine than of late. Pictured above is our back garden this evening, with an attractive rainbow in between the showers. You can see the row of vines in the foreground.