Where there's a will there's a Blip

Dull and sunless today, with a chill wind a-blowin'. I couldn't be bothered to go for a walk, what with the weather, the non-distancing crowds down in the town and a sore hip an' all, so I went outside with the camera to see what I could find. 

So here it is - the first flower on my Eucryphia milliganii, the Dwarf Leatherwood from Tasmania. It's only a couple of feet high and still in a pot, but they're known for flowering at an early age. Unlike most of the other eucryphias, this one remains comparatively small - maximum of some 6m. I know that sounds big, but it takes a while to get there! A delicate shrub with small leaves and flowers - this flower is a couple of centimetres across. Quite hardy. 

While I was out there I took a picture of a leaf of my Fatsia polycarpa 'Green Fingers'. Fatsia japonica is fairly well known, but this one is less commonly grown, not being totally hardy. It's from Taiwan and has much more interesting foliage, I think. So having taken a pic, I've put it on as an extra.

Quote of the Day:

Lope de Vega - "With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy."  

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