The weather today was delightful and I was able to spend four hours enjoying my garden in the company of Reg and John. John opened up the bee-hive for me, which had been attacked by wasps last year, and we observed that there was remarkably little distruction, apart from the obvious loss of all of the honey; the wax was left undisturbed, so we hope that a new swarm might choose to move in soon!
We had finished our gentle tour and were sitting in front of the "blue bed", looking towards the house, relaxing in the sun, enjoying a cup of tea that Reg had kindly prepared for us, when I noticed a few mauve blossoms in the "long bed" on our right. I suggested that they looked like lilac flowers, but I knew that they couldn't be because none had been planted anywhere in this garden. I had mentioned to Reg only last year that I would like us to plant a few of these sweetly perfumed shrubs (or trees) because I recall the joy of having a lilac tree outside my kitchen in Crawley. Reg went to investigate before going to collect some tools so that he could prune most of the Forsythias for me, and he couldn't decide what the flowers were; it was too early for Buddlejas. So John and I went over to investigate and I was thrilled to observe a small Lilac tree, set slightly back, beside a climbing rose, and what's more, before we went back down the lawn, I noticed white Lilac blooms on a taller, more mature tree, behind and above the Lilac bush. How did they both get there? The white one could have been sown by a bird, but a mauve variety doesn't seem possible, and I'm pretty sure that this is the first year that both have bloomed, though I didn't get to investigate much of the garden during spring 2013.