Elsewhere in the blogosphere many beautiful pictures of flowers are appearing. They're lovely to look at, and I try to post pictures of flowers when they appear too. But they're not my main priority, so I thought I'd try to say what is.
I'm more interested in the feeling that a place creates, the balance of containment and space. I love to have somewhere to walk around and things to discover. I like boundaries and definition - not necessarily in straight lines - and the thoughtful contrast of big leaves and little ones, dark greens and light... and possibly also flowers. (Not that a lot of such thought went into the planting here I must admit, but it will in future.)
I do have favourite flowers - roses, peonies, and apple blossom. Even with things that do flower significantly though, I prefer a short season, because it's the endlessly shifting focus in a garden, combined with the seasons' reliably enduring cycle, that appeals to me.
Other people see gardens totally differently, and that's great, I'm glad they do.This is just what I like, I'm not saying it's better.
So here are a few pictures for today, only one of which is a flower.