Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Sunny

Still sunny and warm this morning, but with a few more clouds to help cool things down a bit.  so a few more pictures from our past walks.  Firstly from our walk up Shipley Hill the other day, the Old Hall site has a lots of ornamental shrubs and trees to delight the eye and among the best at the moment are the Berberis.
Spiny, and unapproachable, the bronze-green leaves provide a fine backdrop to the golden flowers, the colour of marmalade on a sunny breakfast table.
Hiding among the undergrowth are several patches of other yellow flowers.  Paper-like petals and feathery leaves mark these out as Welsh Poppies (Meconopsis cambrica).  The Welsh Poppy is the only native member of the Meconopsis family to be found growing in Europe,  most of the rest of the family originating from the Himalayas and China.
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