Saturday, 21 December 2013

In the garden today...

Even at this time of year, when many plants are dormant, there are still some good-looking things in the garden. This is a selection of photos taken earlier this week.

The Buddleia plants that I pruned in the early Autumn are already covered with new shoots. The leaves are a beautiful blue-grey colour, and their texture is soft and downy.

Buddleia Davidii "Royal Red"

The Prunus Autumnalis (Autumn Cherry) is flowering now. The tree is very straggly and the flowers are seldom plentiful enough to be really impressive en masse, but the individual blossoms are nice. And it's good to have something flowering (and that's supposed to be flowering) in the middle of Winter.

Prunus Autumnalis "Surbhitella"

The sunlight shining through this yellow leaf of the Rudbeckia caught my eye:

Rudbeckia Fulgida "Goldsturm"

The "Christmas Bell" chilli is living up to its name:

The chilli plant is looking very scrappy now. The leaves have completely shrivelled up - most of them have fallen off - but the fruits are quite impressive. Back in the Summer the plant got blown over in a storm and lost many of its fruits on that occasion.

This thing is a type of Chicory. It is from a mixed pack, so I'm not sure what type it is. Perhaps it is a "Catalogna" one?? Can anyone positively identify it for me?

P.S. Thanks to all of you who left comments for me on my "Vegetarianism" post. Some very interesting views were expressed. I suppose it is hardly surprising that so many of us feel so strongly about a subject that inevitably affects us all. Benjamin Franklin is alleged to have said "Eat to live, don't live to eat", but I see it the other way! :)

1 comment:

  1. I tend to prune my buddleias in spring - it takes ages as we have quite a few on the plot and three in the garden! That's the problem when cuttings are so easy!


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