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Swooning with summer joy

How glorious a summer so far! Forever immortalised and linked with Van Gogh, the mighty sunflower, Helianthus annuus, epitomises happiness, sunshine and a perfect symbol for celebrating a long, hot summer… of skipping and twirling, of giggles and knowing smiles on the green, of that easy abandonment that steals our hearts and goes hand in hand with outdoor living. What summer flower or plant captivates your heart and imagination and has you swooning? 

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The beauty of nature

Birds flying high, You know how I feel.
Sun in the Sky, You know how I feel…
It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day.
It’s a new life… And I’m feeling good.

Whether you’re a fan of Michael Bublé or Nina Simone, let these lyrics set the tempo for May. Nature is bursting with life and activity, don’t be left behind, join in and let its heady warmth carry you from spring to summer. Languor in its dreaminess and cherish the explosion of blossom. 

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