JULY 10 WEEK 3

Winter Hydrangea quercifolia

Yesterday whilst walking in the garden I found mid-July depressing – for the first time ever. Usually I still revel in the reduced palette and the open views and the birds moving in the branches. Yesterday seemed all dead leaves and frost-scorched grass. So today I set out to capture that. My first subject, a wintery hydrangea bush, I discarded almost immediately. This Hydrangea quercifolia sporting the last of its autumn leaves was less relentlessly wintery. In fact the delicate tracery of its faded flower was quite poetic. But it was the sight of Japonica in bloom that made my spirits soar – and so I include what I believe to be Chaenomales x supurba ‘Rowallane’

Chaenomeles x supurba 'Rowallane' - I think

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