Monday, August 15, 2016

Heavenly hydrangeas

Another stunning photo from Barbara Stewart from her walk in the Woods in the weekend - a real beauty of a hydrangea...
Cutting a swathe through a section of the colour wheel from bougainvillea purples through lilac, lavender, mauve and violet, to the softest blues - Cambridge blue, with specks of apple green to highlight...  I love it!  The petals are like butterfly wings.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More lovely magnolias

For those who'd like a virtual visit to Roland's Wood, enjoy these lovely white magnolias now in flower, photographed by Barbara Stewart and kindly shared here...




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Magnolias in flower, beautifully photographed by Barbara Stewart

Through conversations with the main hard worker at Roland's Wood, John Horrell, I was contacted by Barbara Stewart offering some photographs she had taken in the Woods, in particular of all the magnolias, to add to the blog.
What a treat - the warm deep magenta against a wintry soft grey sky... I'll post a few of these here with more to come, and many thanks to Barbara for sharing them.   Barbara's offer has been a catalyst to revisit this poor neglected blog - pressure of work mainly to blame, and I will post some more photos from her and updates of where things are at with the Friends of Roland's Wood soon...



Here's a link to an earlier post about Roland's planting of magnolias from world-renowned, local magnolia breeder, Oswald Blumhardt.

And just a heads up - the very first bluebells are starting to flower - still a way off the blue haze, mid September, but the promise is there...