"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

10 November 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!

Hypericum (also known as Rose of Sharon) produces abundant golden yellow flowers over many months and was still displaying these attractive blooms this week in my own garden. That's seed pods of earlier flowers that have lost their petals surrounding the one still in bloom.

After flowering, the yellow seed pods of this variety of Hypericum turn bright red seed which eventually darken to become black.

Antirrhinum are also known as Snapdragon but in Scotland they are also called "Mappy Maws" - literally "rabbit mouths". Pinching the flowers at the side opens up the "mouth"!

Most Foxgloves (Digitalis) have finished flowering by now and their seeds have fallen to the ground to produce the next generation of plants. There are a number of different varieties of Foxglove growing in my garden and I didn't plant any of them - they all arrived from seeds brought in on the wind or by birds! I used to take out the seedlings as "weeds" till I realised that these "wild flowers" looked just as good as many plants obtained from the garden centres!

This Cistus or Sun Rose has been producing its papery white flowers since mid-summer. Individual flowers don't last for long - but there is a seemingly never-ending succession of blooms for weeks and months on end.

Fuchsias are also known as "Ladies' Eardrops" for very obvious reasons. They are another long-flowering plant, ideal for small gardens.

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

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