In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen wrote: A scheme of which every part promises delight, can never be successful; and general disappointment is only warded off by the defence of some little peculiar vexation. While in general terms, I tend to agree with Jane, I would have to say that as a gardener, I must diverge from this view. For in July, all the promise of the spring garden has been fulfilled. Every part of the July garden brings delight. Now at its zenith, the late-July garden is indeed a Garden of Earthly Delights. I submit a dozen plus photos here in support of my thesis.