First up are the Lenten Lilies which obligingly bloom in pristine white during the 40 days of Lent - from whence cometh the name! In my garden they are in a very shady spot - and here is the shadowy photograph.
Second are the Shoofly flowers in my vegetable garden. These beautiful blue blooms have successfully kept away not only the flys and aphids but unfortunately also the bees so the the small flowers on my climbing beans are still waiting patiently to be fertilised. No bees = no beans and therefore maybe no Shoofly flowers next year!
Today I have been watching with horror the continued news of the huge earthquake in Japan. Coming so soon after our own disaster here in New Zealand, we all feel very much for the Japanese people. I was very relieved to hear from my close friends and to know they are safe. But it is sad to see the awful devastation at Sendai - I spent a wonderful holiday there one summer many years ago.