It is to the flowers that I now turn.
Or rather, to the naked stalks, because Margaret has been at the flowers again. She loves to give people flowers, and so when they are there, sitting, unattended, she feels that she HAS to gather them up.
And when no more worthy object presents itself, she gives them to Ellie, whether Ellie wants them or not.*
*You may recall Ellie had a very different opinion on this last year.