As the month ended, the hot weather cleared and grey skies replaced blue ones. Still, this gave the hotel garden’s many flowering plants and scrubs a chance to show off their colours. Hydrangeas, rhododendrons and cotoneaster have always done well in this part of the Lake District. As do the scrubs on the terrace at the front of the hotel, like meadow sweet, which is very popular with honey bees. Elsewhere this year there has been a profusion of wild flowers since we took a more relaxed approach to strimming back the vegetation. For the first time, we have seen bird’s foot trefoil, pignut, and vetch. Our newly created ‘Flower Spiral’ in the centre of the front lawn is finally coming to life after a slow start, offering a wider range of delights for the wildlife of the Borrowdale Valley.