"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

1 September 2007

Each week the Rampant Scotland Newsletter includes a number of photographs which illustrate the weather and the seasons, plus the flora and fauna of the current week around Scotland. This separate "colour supplement" displays some more pictures, in a larger format. Here is this week's crop of Scottish views!

Southern Catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) is a species of Catalpa, native to the south-eastern United States in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. It is also sometimes known as Indian Bean Tree. A single flower when fully expanded is two inches long and an inch and a half wide. This example was photographed in the one of the gardens at Culzean Castle Country Park in Ayrshire.

When I was at Culzean Castle Country Park a few weeks ago, there was one Red Admiral butterfly - which refused kept its wings folded and I could only photograph the underside (which, fortunately, is quite attractive). On this recent visit, there were a few more Red Admirals - some of which helpfully spread their wings to show off their striking colours. The golden Ligularia flower sets off the butterfly very well.

The papery petals of Helichrysum do not fade and wither and are popular with flower arrangers - and earn their nickname of "Everlasting" flowers.

Most Chrysanthemums were renamed by botanists as "Dendranthema" - most ordinary gardeners still use the original name... Regardless of what they are called, they still produce magnificent blooms to brighten up any garden.

Echinacea - the Cone Flower - comes in purple, pink or white. This striking, tall plant is easy to grow and originated in eastern USA.

This pollen covered bee on a Hollyhock flower is working hard to collect nectar - and is pollinating the plants as it goes.

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

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