Friday, 3 April 2009


A rather 'galactic' name for a showy garden shrub, Andromeda - more properly known as Pieris is actually a member of the Ericaceae family which includes the heathers. Malcolm and I found a couple of these shrubs in full flower in the gardens around the old Shipley Hall this morning.

A closer look at the bell-shaped flowers shows the similarity to heathers.
Elsewhere this morning, we came across some Maple trees just bursting into flower.

The pale, lime-green flowers were covered with tiny droplets of moisture in this morning's chilly mist - quite a different feel to the last couple of days!
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