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Snow and Spots of Colour

February 6, 2015

If any of my readers are sick of snow already, I apologise. We haven’t had nearly enough of it here. But I’m only posting the pictures that have a bit of colour in them.

A few days after Christmas:


Some kind of Cotoneaster – I’m not familiar enough with them to know which species it is.


Frozen rapeseed (Brassica napus) field

There wasn’t much of colour to be found in the little forest behind that field, so my next walk took me to the park:


Well, okay, there’s not much colour in this. But I like the shape of the seed pods of the European spindle (Euonymus europaeus)


The Kerrias (Kerria japonica) had started to bloom since it had been so warm for so long.


Some kind of dogwood (Cornus)


Probably guelder-rose (Viburnum opulus)


And again.


And again.


The forsythias were also tricked into blooming.


Chenault coralberry (Symphoricarpos x chenaultii)


A great tit… yeah, that bird has a somewhat unfortunate name. And was also hard to get a picture of, since it would not stay still.

One picture from a walk on New Year’s Day:


Winter heath (Erica carnea)

And from my walk up by the castle:

Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima)

Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima)

I also passed some Viburnum x bodnantense a couple of times (also winter-blooming and scented, like the honeysuckle), but I never had my camera with me.

And a few from the botanical garden last week:


Primrose (Primula vulgaris)


Witch hazel (Hamamelis)


Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)


A hellebore, probably holly-leaved hellebore (lHelleborus argutifolius)


Snowdrops again


Another witch hazel


And another one


I have no idea what this is, but it’s blooming.


Ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea Acephala group)

Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)


Some lovely moss on a tree, and I’m not going to research what kind of moss this is! I have no idea where to even start. I might know a lot about a lot of plants, but I know very little about moss.




2 Comments leave one →
  1. Allen N Wollscheidt permalink
    February 6, 2015 23:36

    Sixty-five years ago in St Louis, MO, we had snow on May 5, making everything look like your photos. It was gone by sunset.

    • February 7, 2015 06:33

      That’s quite some time ago – and quite late for snow (at least by my standards… I don’t actually know what the climate is like there.)

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