It looked as if the spider was weighing this flower down.
This plant (red hot poker?) has grown unusually wide. It reminds me of the way children draw royal crowns. I can imagine one of these made as a soft sculpture - knitted top with fabric stem maybe.
Tiny tufty flowers
I haven't noticed the inside of a pine cone before - the sun was shining on this one - it looks like a little cloven hoof inside each cone scale.
A friend had arranged to meet me. We had a drink in the courtyard of the Coach House Cafe before enjoying a walk in the afternoon sunshine.
The gardener was planting alyssum around the edges of the flower beds.
Love in a mist - what a crazy design - the middle reminds me of a jesters hat. This one is white with a blue middle
Close up of a blue one
What a lovely twist these buds have as they open.
This little flower has pin stripes
My friend noticed the pattern on these rhododendrons.
Leopard print rhododendrons?
I nearly missed these roses - hidden among other plants
There are some very strange flowers
Enjoying the sunshine
Gunnera leaf unfolding
The pond was glittering in the sunshine behind the pink flowers.
The gardener was planting the bed nearest to the gates
Damsel flies flitted here and there and sometimes landed on a leaf for a while
A newly planted flower bed getting a good watering.
More love-in-a-mist - what a gorgeous blue
Shaggy, frilly poppies with the sun shining through them
Bee having a great time
Another bee arriving
Compact little flower just beginning to open around the edges
These look a bit like buttercups
Have you ever looked closely at the structure of grass seeds. I think these ornamental grasses are amazing.
Clouds of yellow flowers
The palm flowers have developed into seeds so quickly
Pink fluffy flowers - almost luminous in the sunshine
Gorgeous pink flowers like little umbrellas (from the buds that look like iced gem biscuits)
The hellebore pods have dried, curled up and released their seeds
White fluffy blossom
These buds will turn into very strange flowers - I remember them from last year
More blue with a determined bee hanging on
Delicate little white flowers with pink middles - wish I could have got closer to them.
These are tiny hairy flowers - and each hair has a little black bobble on the end
The wild flowers are growing fast - this will soon be a mass of colour . . .
. . . but at the moment it's mainly big daisies
The flower on this recently planted shrub caught my eye - as it hung like a big crumpled bell in the sunlight
The bees were having a fabulous time - there doesn't seem to be a shortage of bees at Coombe Wood/Gardens
Jerusalem sage flowers
Thank you for joining me. I hope you will look closer when you're out and about and enjoy the details in nature that we usually miss when we are hurrying along in life.