For the past couple of years, we have not had a proper garden because of the effects of the construction behind us. Instead, I’ve planted pots of bright flowers and herbs to surround my deck chair.

I like lush colors and jungly profusion.

This year the weather has been so unsettled that I haven’t planted anything. So my husband planted tomatoes in a motley selection of pots and arranged them in meaningless lines.

At least we have a few irises.