Each week the Scottish Snippets Newsletter includes a number of photographs which illustrate the flora and fauna of the current week around Scotland. On occasions, there are so many such graphics worth including that a separate "colour supplement" is created so as not to totally overload the Newsletter. Here is this week's crop!
Gazania or "Treasure Flower" is a native of South Africa and comes in a wide range of striking colours. It is seen at its best in bright sunshine - as here in the walled garden of Culzean Castle earlier this week. All the illustrations in this page were taken at Culzean.
Eryngium flowers are not only a lovely shade of blue, the stems also develop the same hue. The thistle-like heads are most attractive to bees, wasps and other insects. They make excellent dried flowers fir winter arrangements.
The bright flowers of Hemerocallis only last for a day. They often open in the morning and are over by the end of the day but others open in the afternoon, remain open all night and then close in the morning before withering. Fortunately, the plant produces a profusion of blooms.
This delicate plant suffers from having the unfortunate name of Scabiosa - so is often referred to by its common name of "pincushion flower".
This Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is enjoying the nectar of a Lysimachia Clethroides - known more commonly as Gooseneck Loosestrife.
Another close-up view of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. This is one of the most common butterflies found in Scotland and is often one of the first to appear in spring but can turn up at almost any time if the weather is sunny and warm.
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