Patterns and Potential

One of the many great things about gardening at this time of year is the anticipation of the glorious displays to come. There is so much potential energy around and you can feel it building in the noise levels (insects, birds, kids) and colour range (from brown/white to rainbows). Spring has burst with explosive force and drama and I am grateful for it after those long grey winter weeks. There’s plenty of work to be done, but it is absolutely worth pausing now, perhaps with a cup of tea or coffee and taking a close look at the buds developing, before the flowers open.

Furry calyx protecting the apple blossom

Furry calyx protecting the apple blossom

Behind all the frantic activity, you will notice a wide range of plants in the background building up ready for the next wave of flowering spikes and umbels etc. But even before they deliver that ultimate show, they are already works of art; beautifully patterned and complex. Here are some of my current favourite amazing packages. The translucent flames hiding Asphodeline’s fragrant yellow flowers:

Asphodeline lutea

Asphodeline lutea

The prickly wrappings to those clear blue stars of the Borage flower:


Prickly looking calyx of Borage, Borago officinalis

The papery tents containing the Honey lily’s nodding umbels:

Honey lily, nectaroscordum siculum

Honey lily, nectaroscordum siculum

The spiralling, clustered nibs of Hollyhock:

Hollyhock, Alcea rosea

Hollyhock, Alcea rosea

And finally, a classic unfurling fern:

Unfurling fern

Unfurling fern

Do you have a favourite bud?

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5 Responses to Patterns and Potential

  1. I think my favorite bud from now on will be the asphodeline, thanks to your amazing photos!

  2. Chloris says:

    Great photos. You are right it is worth taking the time to appreciate buds and shoots.

  3. Lots of great pictures. LOVE the photo of the unfurling fern.

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