Lots of things symbolise the turn of the Irish summer from July into August but none more than the blooming of Montbretia in gardens and along lane ways and even by the side of the road.
It’s all about the colour, I suppose ~ the green and orange that are such fundamental parts of our Irish flag.
I’m not so sure that everyone knows that the Irish Tricolour was first flown in Waterford City for 8 days in 1848 by Thomas Francis Meagher, who was a Young Irelander.
The green in the flag symbolises Irish nationalism: the orange, Irish Protestantism and the white, the hope of lasting peace between these.
That white, for peace, is HUGELY important and nature serves up some lovely whites at this time of year. Nothing is more evocative for me than white hydrangeas: