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.
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.
It is a robust shrub and grows well in shade and happily under large trees.
The closed buds remind me of minature brussel sprouts, if only sprouts had such a glorious filling!
Have a good week.