Sycamore or maple? I have always had trouble identifying these trees, but hadn’t thought of tackling my ignorance until I read a recent Lucy Corrander blog post – as she also seems to have the same problem.
So bad is my confusion that (more…)
Please don’t be fooled by the title – I don’t expect this to be a regular series! But I must say the stand-out shrub I have seen flowering in street-side gardens these last couple of weeks has been this one.
It’s Viburnum tinus, an evergreen with laurel-like leaves and lovely white flowers. What a useful plant to have in the garden at this dull time of year!
I always recognise it as something popular in dark old Victorian gardens, but I had to look it up to remember what it was called. Viburnum is simply the Latin name for the wayfaring tree (a name which always sounds very Tolkienesque to me). That’s another member of the same plant family, Viburnum lantana, which has similar flowers but very different leaves and berries from Viburnum tinus.
The picture was taken with my phone’s camera and this little post also serves to introduce my new image gallery of iPhone snapshots…
Back in the summer I was totally smitten by this circle of six ancient wood-carved figures in a forest clearing in Tintern, Monmouthshire.
The figures themselves, sculpted from oak (or in one case sweet chestnut), are not ancient, but the people they represent are historical and mythical characters at the heart of this part of the country.
They were (more…)