"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

20 May 2006

Each week the Rampant Scotland 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!

Dicentra Bleeding Heart

This Dicentra (more commonly known as "Bleeding Heart") in a shady corner of my garden and has been producing more and more of these graceful, arching flowers each year.

Blackthorn Sloe

Blackthorn (also known as Sloe) is sometimes mistaken for Hawthorn, especially when the two grow through one another in hedges. But it produces its pretty, bright, white flowers in advance of its foliage and usually earlier than Hawthorn.


Mecanopsis, or Himalayan Poppy, thrives in woodland gardens. Close-up photographs on Web pages don't show the large size of these flowers - up to four inches across.

Cassiope var Mertensia Gracilis

It was just as well that this plant had its label in the walled garden of the Colzium Estate in North Lanarkshire. A relation of the bell heather, its name is Cassiope and the variety is Mertensia Gracilis.

Trillium Grandiflorum

Like the Mecanopsis above, Trillium plants prefer a shady woodland location. This variety is "Grandiflorum" which can have blooms up to five inches across.


Rhododendrons seem to be doing particularly well this year. While various shades of reds and whites and predominate, there are also gorgeous apricot shades like this one.

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

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