Rampant Scotland Directory
Twelve Months of Scottish Flowers

Here are the flowers which have been used to illustrate the section of the weekly Scottish Newsletter which includes the photos of flowers and other plants taken during the month of February.

The flowers of wild gorse growing beside a country lane, north of Glasgow was actually taken at the end of January. It is particularly early in the season for gorse to be in flower. Shortly after this photo was taken, there was a fall of snow.
This early rhododendron, growing in a garden in suburban Glasgow, was in a sunny spot but it had no special covering to protect it from the frost. It was not the first rhododendron seen this year - I saw a large one growing at Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond in January, but the blooms had been damaged by frost.

Snowdrops show up in early February but sometimes the problem is to get enough light amongst all the rainy and cloudy days to take a decent photograph.
Cyclamen is often grown indoors as a house plant in Scotland. But I spotted this one in a sheltered spot in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

This photograph was taken on a sunny February day in the gardens of the National Trust for Scotland's property at Pollok House, Glasgow. That's pink and white heather growing in front of the dwarf conifers.
In the Lowlands of central Scotland there are usually one or two falls of snow during the winter - more often in January and February than before the turn of the year. This photo was taken in February 2001, after a particularly heavy fall of wet snow.

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