This Bank Holiday weekend delivered spring and early summer
all rolled into one glorious extravaganza.
deserted and sandy for once, raked of its usual shingle layer.
Other people's gardens,
open to the public under the National Garden Scheme.
Walks, with dodgy overgrown footpaths
and equally dodgy directions from an ancient guide book
but a bonus discovery
of an abandoned orchard, like a scene from The Secret Garden
with a mysterious gazebo in the middle of nowhere.
Foliage colour to rival that of autumn
but with added zing and zest,
and finally, a rare treat, the handkerchief tree
Davidia involucrata in flower
to wave us on our way home.