The form, colours and names thrill me.
Maybe it is because I grew up in Cornwall
and spent spring days exploring Caerhays Castle.
I can remember watching Greta Garbo in Camille;
was that the beginning?
These flowers are all from my garden
and the photographs were taken between December and April.
Contessa Lavinia Maggi
Some are grown in pots and others are large bushes.
A spectacular large white is missing
because it was caught by the late frosts.
Otherwise, this is my complete collection,
and I lay it before you.