MORNING SUN THROUGH THE ROWAN TREE

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We have a number of Rowan trees, or Mountain Ash, in our garden. I love their shape, their autumn berries – which are swiftly gobbled by the birds – and the reminder of wonderful holidays in the Lake District where the Rowans grow in abundance.

Here, I managed to catch the berries with the sun directly behind them, no special filters, just a sparkle of light.

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VIEW THROUGH A WINDOW

 

 

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Not the view through my own window, alas, but this delightful setting is in Gainsborough Old Hall, a beautifully maintained manor house in Lincolnshire owned by English Heritage.

I have some lovely photos from our latest visit to the Hall, we have been quite a few times, and with luck I’ll be able to post a few in the not-too-distant future although we still have internet issues (no signal at all for most of yesterday) and I’m still in the slow process of transferring data from the old, tired computer which is unwilling to cooperate much of the time.

Hope they will be worth the wait!

PRIMULA VIALII

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Primula vialii (or P viallii depending on your choice of spelling) is one of the loveliest of flowers. Not a traditional primula by any means, it is also known as Turk’s Turban, Vial’s Primrose, Orchid Primrose, Red Hot Poker Primrose, Chinese Pagoda Primrose and probably a dozen other names besides, and all very descriptive. The starry lilac flowers open up from tight red buds, and gradually the flowering head lengthens to accommodate more flowers.

I love this primula and am lucky enough to be able to grow it in my garden, though it has – up to now – proven to be relatively short-lived for a member of this family. So it is definitely a case of ‘making the most of it’.

SEMPERVIVUMS

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I love succulents, I have lots of them lined out by the back door and outside the greenhouse. I like the different colours and types, and that they are low maintenance!

 

Apologies again for intermittent posting. The above picture was taken on my tablet due to severe computer and internet problems. A new computer has been acquired (though there’s nothing I can do about the lousy internet) so once I have mastery of the new tech I shall (hopefully) be able to upload some photos from my camera.