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I love flowers and plants and have been a flower arranger for many years.

You learn the colour wheel, shape and form, and match colours and opposites to make the most of their natural beauty.

I was asked to make table arrangements and a buttonhole for a lady who was about to be 100 and who was having a lunch party.

When I was asked what colours she liked, I was told she suffered from macular degeneration so couldn’t see any red colour ranges. It was not difficult to use oranges, gold and yellows, but it made me think how lucky we are when we go into the garden and see all colours of the rainbow, sometimes matching, sometimes clashing.

We don’t appreciate how wonderful nature is and don’t spend enough time slowly walking around parks and gardens enjoying all we see. It puts everything into perspective. Even in winter there’s plenty to see even if it is just bare branches displaying skeletal forms. Enjoy the winter when all is dormant and look forward to spring. I know I will.