‘I’m charmed with the house,’ said Lucia. ‘And what exactly, how much I mean, for a period of two months—’
‘Fifteen guineas a week,’ said Miss Mapp without pause. ‘That would include the use of my piano. A sweet instrument by Blumenfelt.’
‘I will take it for August and September,’ said Lucia.
‘And I’m sure I hope you’ll be as pleased with it,’ said Miss Mapp, ‘as I’m sure I shall be with my tenant.’
A bright idea struck her, and she smiled more widely than ever.
‘That would not include, of course, the wages of my gardener, such a nice steady man,’ she said, ‘or garden-produce. Flowers for the house by all means, but not fruit or vegetables.’
-E.F. Benson’s novel, Mapp and Lucia.
I do try to save some flowers outside for the bees and butterflies. If you notice a lot of the leaves have been munched on by something. I don’t know what the yellow and white small flowers in the vase with the peony are. They have a light aroma.
And, I’m not sure what the orange flowers are either. They came off a bush like tree.
The roses smell spectacular.