After the rain

Storm Doris has passed, leaving behind sodden ground and a garden in a sorry state. Yet, a closer look reveals pretty rain droplets nestling in flower petals like diamonds.  And you discover that the periwinkle has returned for another year, their trails of delicate blue flowers lighting up the undergrowth. Spring must surely arrive soon. 'Through…

Autumn’s arrival

Autumn is my favourite time of year. Unlike other seasons, it announces its arrival. You know its on its way as the days gradually shorten and then early one morning you step outside and feel  a distinct coolness, a certain crispness in the air. You realise the summer blooms have gone for another year as the garden slips quietly to sleep.   The fallen leaves tell you that…