“Flaming June” has now departed and July is with us. Although the successive plants flowering one after the other in June, is finished, there is plenty to see in July. The many lime trees in the Gardens are just coming into flower with their wonderful perfume. Stand underneath a lime tree in flower and listen to the hum of the bees and drink in the scent. The first of July 2016 is of course the hundredth anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, when over 20,000 soldiers of the British Empire gave their lives on that day for our tomorrow. Spend a few moments in quiet contemplation at the War Memorial, and think of those young men 100 years ago. 2 of the sons of the Gardens donor Sydney Courtauld won Military Crosses for gallantry in that war, but luckily survived the conflict. The cascade at the Lily Pond is running again with a brand new pump. I include some pictures, taken in the Gardens this morning – 30 June.