I need to feed the roses today. They provide us with an elaborate show all summer long– not a detailed or complex show, but an ornate one in red and yellow and pink.
There’s not much more satisfying than taking to the rose bushes with a wide-brimmed straw sun hat and some good sharp secateurs, while waiting for Miss Marple to stop by and ask you, over the fence, if you noticed any strange comings and goings from the Winthrop residence across the road.
“Why, I noticed Mr Winthrop arriving home rather early, looking somewhat flustered.”
“Are you sure it was Mister Winthrop?”
And so goes the story: Distant, pastoral England in the summer, roses, straw hats, murder, and cross-dressing.
The first of my favourite cartoons this fine Wednesday is related to today’s prompt, “elaborate”, and the others have precisely nothing to do with it. Enjoy!
Peace and gardening,