That little neighborhood was very like fairyland. A tiny verdant footpath followed parallel to the curving shopping street. Of course it was gardened with great care to be lovely during all seasons. In the late summer, huge, surreal puffy hydrangeas. In the autumn, changing maples. Also in the summer -- abutilons, columbines. Spring -- crocuses. Starting very early in spring, the camellias would come out all waxy and ruffled.