'Following a walk marked by an intangible mist of bloom that followed the white border stones she came to a space overlooking the sea where there were lanterns asleep in the fig trees and a big table and wicker chairs and a great market umbrella from Sienna, all gathered about an enormous pine, the biggest tree in the garden. She paused there a moment, looking absently at a growth of nasturtiums and iris tangled at its foot, as though sprung from a careless handful of seeds….’
By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night
This theme is seaside summers & hot Februarys with the backdrop of the garden and all its elements. The bright deep greens of grapevines, passionflowers, Virginia creeper & tendrils galore, kitchen gardens & salad foliage provide the background for the watermelon pink of Rosa Ragosa (grown at port stops by sailors for its fat rosehips- full of Vitamin C and needed after a long voyage) & warm spectrum of Nasturtiums’ edible flowers and the shock brights of Geraniums. As a child, my brothers & I would look for cicadas hoping to get our hands on their beautifully veined wings (if a bird had not already got the better of them!!!). We knew all the names: Cherry Nose, Black Prince, Greengrocer, Yellow Monday, Tom Thumb, Double Drummer, Flowery Baker, & the all illusive White Nurse.
To finish the picture the beautiful Rorschach element of Monarch butterflies & the floating magic of dragonflies as they just so lightly touch the waters surface so their wings don’t catch on fire!