In the rock-garden there's a splendid display of maples. We often visit Sizergh Gardens and in autumn we make for a spot where we find shrubs of guelder rose and spindle, to see how they fare this year.
We saw them on a perfect day. The previous day I'd admired the mellow leaves of a climbing hydrangea and twenty-four hours later the shrub was almost leafless. These are moments of fleeting glory.