It is of great comfort that in the midst of turmoil and change, the seasons provide a gentle backdrop of continuity and familiarity.
April is possibly my favourite month of the year in my flowery world as my beloved tulips begin their show.
In November I planted some new ones on my deck, in a colour that I would only possibly ever consider for tulips - apricot. These are Apricot Beauty, a single early variety. On grey days, they are at their prettiest.
And these are possibly the stars of this year's show - Apricot Parrot. Modestly green while in bud ...
... only to astonish when fully open. Heaven in a tulip.
I could almost believe a garden imp has been out there with his paintbrushes fully loaded with colour.
Welcome pockets of colour that make me smile every time I look at them.