Well, here we are in 2013, and getting back into the daily routine has been a slow and rather sluggish affair. Lots of brisk walking on a daily basis in crisp weather certainly blows the cobwebs away and gets that fresh oxygen into the brain, something I have been sorely needing lately!
During one of these forays into the 'great outdoors' I packed a small pair of secateurs and a plastic bag for any gems I might find. Not expecting to find much, nothing really caught my eye until, on reaching a roadside hedgerow, I hit the jackpot! Lots of gorgeously bulging rose hips and deep purply-black berries were hitting their peak, but in amongst all this was a real find. Garrya, or the 'Silk Tassel Bush' is an old-fashioned garden favourite but something of a rarity, falling by the wayside with modern tastes. Deciding to bring all this home, I finally found the inspiration I needed to get the final mixed study under way.
|Garrya or, the Silk Tassel Bush|
The 'tassels' can get to 14 inches long!
|All wrinkly and shiny, but still beautiful|
Rose hips from the Dog Rose
|Hazel catkins always look fabulous just before they burst|
|When they do, it's all yellow froth|