From a bench in front of the Crown at Groombridge, I spot some Canada geese grazing in the field by the lake. One stands still with its neck stretched up, on the look out.
Crocuses appear, little explosions of colour - purple, yellow, white. Close up you see the orange stigmas. From one variety of crocus, Crocus sativa, the stigmas, separated from the flower, become the world's most expensive spice.
Rosemary shows off its pretty, blue flowers. Small, among the green spikes of the leaves, they have the blue of Mediterranean skies.