A tall camelia, in a front garden, sheds its bright blossoms, which form an opaque, scarlet apron on the pavement beneath it.
In case it comes in useful, according to figures in a book of statistics given away with the Independent, there are around 1.5bn cows in the world. Roughly a quarter are in India. The UK cow population us about 10.5m.
There is a shrub call pieris which is showing off its assets in a lot of gardens round here. It has clusters of creamy white flowers, which hang like bunches of grapes, and the new leaves are a brilliant red.