Blossom everywhere you look: the nectarine and apricot trees have finished already, and the almond blossom is almost over; plum and peach is still getting into its stride, with pear, quince and cherry soon to follow..
The crocuses are done for the year - we had a great white carpet of them around the lilacs and camellias, beside the entrance walkway - although (perhaps a little strangely) the narcissus are still just on the verge of bursting into flower...hundreds and hundreds of them, lining the grass path which winds its way under the pine trees.
And everywhere, massed clumps of violets have appeared; they grow here naturally, and although we've had some each year in spring; this year, they've gone completely crazy..
Three magnolias are flowering generously, and doing so well that
I think I might get some more - of the slower growing varieties - to plant alongside
the (still to be constructed...la Roma non era construita nel una giornata) new pergola beside the north lawn.
The doors to the garden stand open right through until nightfall, every day, which pleases the four-footeds enormously.
Roast Lamb, with Gratin of Courgettes
Chocolate Tart, with cassis sauce