A few days ago I posted about the Penstemom that is still in bloom. You would think that it would have given up it being Mid Winter. I had left it, as up to Christmas, in the isolated dry periods there were bumblebees visiting the blooms. Not having seen any bees for a few days, its time to use the two flowering stems. The light is so poor that the picture is not great.
Making up this Mid Winter arrangement with everything cut straight from the garden after lunch today:
Two Penstemom probably Rich Ruby, Fuchsia Upright Delta's Sarah, Persicaria Red Dragon, Pittosporum garnetti, a leaf from Cyclamen hederiflolium Lysander, a fern leaf, and a stem of Solanum Laxum 'Album'.
Here the flash lights up the Penstemom.
Having had this book recommended, by Anna I think, it made for a quality read over the holiday period. Do please correct me if needed! There are some grim bits such as the damage to sheep by dogs etc.. Horatio Clare captures the feel of Winter, and is a careful observer of weather, plant life and his own struggles with coping with his mood and energy swings. Parts are so deliciously written that they require rereading in order to take in and enjoy the sheer poetry. Many thanks for the recommendation, and again thanks to our Library West ordering service.
Hope Springs eternal over on Cathy's Post this week with more 'unseasonal flowers'.