Floral Pictures: Wild Garlic and a Handkerchief Tree

Wild garlic flowers with pink rhododendron

The wild garlic looks, shall we say jumbled, the pink azalea makes for a busy background, and the sunlight isn’t helping… unless you can see it all as a natural, floral patchwork impression of colours, angles and attitudes. An outdoor tea party of sorts was taking place just around the corner – if the azalea flowers were people, their floral dresses and sociability would have suited the event perfectly.

Handkerchief tree canopy (Davidia involucrata)
Looking up into the canopy of Davidia involucrata

I don’t often see a Davidia involucrata in flower. Folk names include the handkerchief tree, the dove tree and the ghost tree and when you see the bracts turning and fluttering, it’s easy to see why. Even a still picture is quite hypnotic.

28 Replies to “Floral Pictures: Wild Garlic and a Handkerchief Tree”

  1. Hi Susan, have you heard the name Ransomes for Wild Garlic? I seem to think it was an alternative name although it could have been a local to Cheshire name.

  2. We seem to favour the wild onion (three-cornered leek) to the ransom (wild garlic) in this part of the country. It’s everywhere along the roadside! I do like the handkerchief tree – they really do look like hankies floating in the breeze 🙂

      1. They are also white, and edible, though I haven’t used them. I should! I have pulled armfuls out of my car park bit of the garden!

  3. I was not familiar with the “handkerchief” tree (although I am drawn to the ghost tree name). Lovely.

  4. Angles and attitudes! I like it! It’s exactly the way some garden parts strike the admirer. Of course I’ve never heard of the handkerchief tree by any name, and so I am very pleased to know of it. Another plant that sharpens our imaginations. Lovely portraits, both!

    1. It was in a garden I thought I knew well, but it turns out there’s a whole hillside I’d never explored. Rather wild, with paths and lots of bluebells.

  5. Love the handkerchief tree – and ‘ghost tree’ is a great name! (Hadn’t heard that one before.)

  6. The thing I find interesting about the photo of the Davidia involucrata tree how it shapes the negative spaces. The bits of brilliant blue sky look sort of like puzzle pieces.

    1. You’re right. The lime green leaves really catch my eye. I tried to get better close ups of the bracts, but it was too breezy.

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