The palest of pale mauve crocuses.
With a few yellow crocuses for variety.
And, in a patch of succulents, these deeper mauve ones.
But look closer! The very first insects of the season!
Unfortunately, I was resting from Wednesday's labours, and Laurie went out alone. (Well, not quite; he took along the camera for company.) So I didn't get a close-up, and I didn't bring a beetle home. I'll do that tomorrow.
And what do you think this is?
Maybe you have better eyes than I do; I couldn't make head nor tail of it, until ...
... I blew it up. A crow, stretching wings and tail, while he keeps a careful eye on that human nosing around the gardens down there.
* I can never be sure about the plural of "crocus". One crocus, two "crocuses"? Or two "croci", as some people insist on writing? I finally looked it up. It's "One crocus, two crocus, three crocus ..." Or, if you prefer (and I do), "two crocuses".