There is water informal and formal -my preference is for the former, especially when the irises are in bloom.
The wet weather and the more recent sunshine have brought out a strong crop of blooms, especially roses,
and these are beyond blooms: rhubarb seed.
It is just a thoroughly delightful place, that feels very much like the garden of a person rather than of an institution, and always a pleasure to visit.
And what adds icing to the cupcake is that we can have a lovely lunch there too.