At the bottom of the garden we found a solitary tulip wedged in behind the huge lovage bush, a rhubarb clump and a burgeoning peony. It was selflessly giving out its magnificence, as flowers do, but we felt it needed company that appreciated its efforts. I am usually very reticent about picking flowers; I prefer to see them in their natural setting. How glad I am, though, that this beauty came to live with us - an ever changing show of pure being! Here are a few photographs I took throughout the day.