Cold, crisp and sunny this morning, with a lemon-yellow dawn and a light mist. I forgot to change into wellies for our walk and my feet were soaked through by the heavy dew in the orchard. Down at the bottom of the land, in the ‘Japanese garden’, the weigela Bristol Ruby is in flower. Probably the strongest colour in our green garden, along with Rosa Moyesii Geranium, its deep pinky-red tubular flowers are hugely attractive to bees. Today’s threads are coton à broder no 20 dyed pale yellow with mullein leaves, two shades of green six-strand embroidery thread, mingled in the needle; deep pink six-strand embroidery thread, sewn in two strands; deep pink Indian rayon, sewn with one and two strands; and cream cotton floche no 40, sewn in one strand. The stitches are chain stitch for the heart, stem stitch for the stem, fly stitch for the calyx, split stitch for the flower outline, speckling for the infill, pistil stitch for the small stamens and two five-wrap French knots oversewn with satin stitch for the large stamen.