Today the weather is dismal, stratiform cloud and associated persistent and heavy drizzle; however on the bright side, the garden and surrounding environs are wearing filmy veils of pearlescent grey studded with diamonds.
One of the plants that wears this look best is the bronze fennel with its delicate tresses set off by the tiny diamonds of rain caught in its foliage.
Of course it has competition from the necklaces of spider silk and diamonds that dazzle from spiders webs.
When we were children my sister and I used to come across these beauties in the early mornings and imagine that fairies would gather these necklaces to wear to their festivities and even now I find something magical about their delicate elegance.
A reminder to me that even the dullest of days contains its own unique beauty.