The deliciously purple plum, Prunus domesticus "Avalon" against a brown fig tree, Ficus carica. The Fig is particularly old, and its huge branches reach out over the garden walls, almost inviting gardeners to lean against them for a fag (head gardener's) and a gossip. The plum was planted several decades ago and survived a period of horticultural neglect by reverting back to its natural, goblet-shaped form. The original fan shape is long since gone but can still be seen to the back of the outward facing branches. Remedial pruning takes place gradually, and over the course of several seasons.