This time of year there's a small dome-shaped tree in the centre of our walled garden which becomes an absolute mass of flowers and humming bees.
It is a Cotoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia' and it's a fantastic smaller garden tree. It has an open and elegant branch structure under a dome of leaves that would grace any Oriental painting. Then having flowered in June, it goes on to produce thousands of flame red berries in autumn that last right through to the end of the year.
As it's been hot the last couple of days, I've taken to sitting in a deck chair beneath it with a book and have dozed off more than once lulled by the enchanting 'surround-sound' bees.