Blooms and berries this week – the attractive Hypericum androsaemum in that lovely colour combination I have talked about before here and here.

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Isn’t that stem colour gorgeous?  And the leaf edges tinged with it too.

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The stamens and petals drop off to leave the flower bracts and the berries.

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And it has the most unusual ‘seamed’ stem.

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One of my favourite National Trust Gardens in the south-east is Wakehurst Place and it is home to a National Collection of Hypericum.

It has provided the inspiration for a colour combination I return to time and again when designing and making lampshades – it works well in many interior spaces, particularly period properties.

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Forest-Random-Stripe-drum Forestrollercoasterflat

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I’ll be working on another set of customised wall shades this week and will post some images of work in progress.  Until then, have a good one.

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