Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Grove, surface, japonica
A relatively new friend visits. How little we knew of her when we first met her two or three years ago! How much now: of her life, her family, her background, her ups and down, her rather frenzied existence! It is surprising how, on the surface, people may seem bland and ordinary, just names and faces, only to surprise us with undreamed of complications. Take almost anyone you pass in the street or sit next to on a bus or train, and you only have to scratch the surface to reveal layers of complexity and interest.
A hedge of japonica towers 10ft - 12 ft high between the front gardens of two adjoining houses. Come Autumn the quince-like fruit will replace the scarlet flowers and begin to tumble to the ground beneath it.