"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

22 April 2006

Each week the Scottish Snippets Newsletter includes a number of photographs which illustrate the weather, flora and fauna of the current week around Scotland. 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!


Many Camellias that came into bloom earlier this month often suffered from frost damage overnight. But that has become less of a problem this week as the Camellias in Colzium Estate in North Lanarkshire illustrated.


A relative of the wild Primrose, plant breeders have developed the "Pacific Giant" varieties of Polyanthus in a range of striking colours. This one is thriving in my own garden.


Another sign of spring is the appearance of Catkins on a variety of trees. These large ones are on a willow tree, growing beside a burn in the Colzium Estate. Despite taking care to avoid it, I ended up with yellow pollen clinging to my jacket after taking its photo!


At last the Sycamore leaves are beginning to burst out of their buds. The new Sycamore leaves always look so fresh and bright at this stage.


Again, early-flowering Rhododendrons have suffered from frost damage. It was hard to find a flower that had not some browning on it, but this one seemed to have escaped.

Spirea Goldflame

Looking more like the colours of autumn than spring, the new leaves of this Spirea Goldflame make a great contrast to the burgeoning greenery.


Last week, there was a picture of Corylopsis in Geilston Garden between Cardross and Helensburgh in Argyll. This is another variety of Corylopsis, with even more striking, pendant flowers. Like a number of the other illustrations this week, it was photographed in Colzium Estate in North Lanarkshire.

If you want to look back at earlier editions of this Colour Supplement, there is an Index Page

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