Today’s stroll up the garden exposed many additions to my ‘jobs to do’ list.  As you can see I never did get round to sweeping the autumn leaves, but look how the bluebell shoots have forced their way straight through a leaf regardless.

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This week’s flower for my vase is Mahonia aquifolium also known as the Oregon Grape.  Its buds are clustered rather like a bunch of grapes and each bursts open starting with those at the base.

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It is a robust shrub and grows well in shade and happily under large trees.

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The RHS Plant Finder shows these nurseries in the UK which stock it.

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The National Plant Collection of Mahonia is at The Valley Garden on the northern shores of Virginia Water in Surrey, part of The Royal Landscape.

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The closed buds remind me of minature brussel sprouts, if only sprouts had such a glorious filling!

Have a good week.

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