Every day the dinner table will feature a cut flower from the garden or some attractive foliage if nothing is in bloom or at the very least something from the vegetable garden.
OK, the last is fairly easy (I'm allowing produce we've stored, preserved or frozen as well as fresh produce - I still have kales, brussels, parsnips and leeks in the ground).
But the other two, cut flowers and foliage are there to make us look at the garden each day no matter the weather, our mood or what we've going on. Otherwise it's so easy to let things drift by - and it's one of the reasons for this blog to act as a record of what's going on in the garden.
So today it was the rather obvious choice of this camillia - abundant on the shrub despite the hard frosts we've had (you may see a touch of browing on the petals) and looking good against the dark glossy foliage background. It's on the east facing side of the house - a fairly bleak area but just right for this shrub to get a gentle warming from the early morning sun.
As a cut flower it will only last a day or so in the vase but it's so plentiful that there's more if we want.