Another dull start, though the sun is breaking through intermittently now. It’s still very cold for June. Nevertheless, without fail every year, spirea japonica ‘Goldflame’ flowers under our west window. I planted this some 20 years ago and this year was planning to remove it to another part of the garden but I discovered a blue-tit’s nest in the wall bed and have had to leave well alone until September. The twig that I cut for reference is a reversion, where the leaves have come through green, but I’ve shown it in its usual yellow-green colouration. Today’s threads are grey coton à broder no 16 and six-strand cottons in variegated burgundy, purple, pink, variegated yellow-green and brown. The stitches are cable chain for the heart, stem stitch and straight stitch for the twigs, fishbone stitch for the leaves and eyelet for the flowers.