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Circles

Circles

Suddenly, in the last hot, dusty, worn-out days of summer, the fresh flowers spring from the ground and we know that damper, cooler days are on the way.

The peak of perfection

The peak of perfection

Individual flower heads are a lovely bright lavender-blue with yellow centres and cover the plant for months from July to October.

‘Some call them also Snowdrops’

‘Some call them also Snowdrops’

Stories, legends and superstitions abound and snowdrops seem to be woven into our culture so it is not surprising that this tiny white flower, which blooms in winter, has made its way into our Top 30.

You need hands!

You need hands!

Carl Thunberg, who travelled in Japan in the late 18th century, gave it the species name palmatum, describing the hand-shaped leaves.

Study in scarlet

Study in scarlet

It looks wonderful in dappled shade when, in early summer, individual shafts of light pick up the rich red and gold.

Flying the flag

Flying the flag

If you don’t already know, which I didn’t, the Blue Ensign is a flag used by . . .

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