|May blossom lies like snow on the grass|
Below the stone wall the sunken garden is a riot of early summer colour - blue Aquilegia and red Valerian jostling together.
|Aquilegia and Valerian|
And then I spotted the first foxglove of the season, standing tall and beautiful. It is thought the name was originally 'folksglove', the folks in question being the fairies. Another name for the flowers is fairy thimbles, and the tubular flowers are just like thimbles - soft, velvety ones that fit over a finger perfectly.
Foxglove's Latin name is, of course, digitalis, and the plant is well-known for its powerful medicinal value for the heart. I can offer testament to its effectiveness - even without ingesting any extract from the plant it lifted my heart and provided a beautiful end to a previously grey day.