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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:

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

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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:

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

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

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Some kind of dogwood (Cornus)

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Probably guelder-rose (Viburnum opulus)

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And again.

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And again.

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The forsythias were also tricked into blooming.

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Chenault coralberry (Symphoricarpos x chenaultii)

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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:

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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:

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Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

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Witch hazel (Hamamelis)

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Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

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

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Snowdrops again

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Another witch hazel

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And another one

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

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Ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea Acephala group)

Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

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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.

 

 

 

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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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