Those of you who know me or have been following my blog will know that I am inspired by plants and flowers.  The only thing in flower in my garden at the moment is this architectural shrub Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’.  After days of grey skies the sun at last shone this morning giving a hint of blue to the winter sky here in Malvern.  Although yellow is one of my least favourite colours I love this shrub for its combination of tough spiky foliage and its racemes of delicate lily-of-the-valley type flowers.  To me it symbolises the arrival of the new year – as we say goodbye to the short, dark days of winter and look ahead to the longer, lighter days of spring.  A Happy New Year to you all.


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