Coming up from the studio this afternoon I paused for a moment to admire the Madame de Pompadour rose I planted about 6 months ago. It is really flourishing in the present hot dry Summer conditions. It is planted in a large tub placed in the centre of the herb garden. It was photographed with the late afternoon sun low on the horizon behind it. Fanning out behind are Salvias and in the foreground, the herb Dill to the left and Basil on the right. I grew the Basil from seed and we are having a big bunch of it with our dinner salad this evening along with tomatoes from the vege garden.