Gallery of Yellow Flowers II

Cutting garden at Lindisfarne Island
Cutting garden at Lindisfarne

As the world outside is frosty, it’s great to have been prompted to share some more yellow flowers and bask for a while in their warm, cheerful shades. I’ve looked for different intensities of colours from soft, almost greyish to pure and bright and have included some rarities and commoners. For anyone in need of an extra fix, my first gallery is here.

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Trust The Great Beech For a Bold, Bright Winter Garden

Autumn beech leaves
Beech leaves dry to a striking bronzy-brown

In Phantastes by George MacDonald, a country maiden warns the hero, Anodos, to shun the Ash and the Alder, but says he can ‘trust the Oak, and the Elm, and the great Beech.’ Sure enough, Anodos meets a Beech tree with a voice ‘like a solution of all musical sounds’ who longs to be a woman. She invites him to cut lengths from her hair, and uses them to create a protective girdle of beech leaves for his magical journey. Continue reading “Trust The Great Beech For a Bold, Bright Winter Garden”