Out There: I predict riot of garden colour this summer

Silverdale sunsets are simply stunning.
Silverdale sunsets are simply stunning.

Sunsets ranging from deep pink to burnt orange have injected the skies above Morecambe Bay with vibrant colour over the last few days.

I was lucky enough to be in Silverdale on Saturday evening when I captured this shot (pictured) on the pebble beach near Holgates.

It was more dramatic than a fireworks show and more romantic than almost anywhere else on earth.

I’m also hoping to have a riot of colour in our garden this summer.

To ensure a good show, I’ve just bough a cutting garden plant collection from the Sarah Raven website.

Sarah, a former Gardeners’ World presenter, runs growing, cooking, flower arranging and gardening courses at Perch Hill, her farm in East Sussex.

Sarah’s gardening and cookery books have won her a number of awards including Best Specialist Gardening book for The Cutting Garden.

I enjoy reading Sarah’s work as she presents gardening as part of a creative and seductive outdoor lifestyle.

She shows how gardening and cooking can enrich your life in numerous ways.

Colour is hugely important to her and she creates delightful combinations of plants and seeds for anyone to grow.

Last summer I visited the famous Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens in East Sussex with my husband Mark and was blown away by the fusion of art, literature and horticulture created by its owner Vita Sackville-West.

Sarah’s most recently published book ‘Vita’s Sissinghurst - Creation of a Garden’, brings Sackville-West’s garden writing right up to date.

Sarah is married to the writer Adam and they recently spent some time living and working at Sissinghurst.

They were filmed for a BBC4 documentary which showed them trying to restore Sissinghurst’s agricultural roots.

Their plans didn’t always go down well with the National Trust which now owns the property but I thought Sarah’s ideas of having fresh flowers on the tables in the restaurant and new interior designs were perfect.

It’s lovely to have vases of fresh cut flowers through the seasons, especially if you’ve grown them yourself.