At this time of the year a long country walk may be very pleasant but, if the aim is to see interesting flowers and fruit, an urban walk can be more rewarding - and less muddy!
Today, the weather being dry and mild, I set off walking from home, further familiarising myself with those parts of the local area which I rarely visit. My target was an area called Grovelandsa, together with the land immediately beyond.
Barely a hundred yards from home a clump of Pot Marigolds, Calendula officinalis, had braved the winter weather (such as it was) to put on a bright display. Easy to grow, flowering for months on end and attractive to insects, what's not to like? They really ought to feature in our own garden.
|Pot Marigolds in Christchurch Drive, Daventry. 28 December, 2018|
Common and largely ignored. Coral Spot.
Daventry, 28 December, 2018
Velvet Shank? Near Grovelands, Daventry.
28 December, 2018
With the flowers not at their best, Viburnum rhytidophyllum was in a
municipal border in The Grange area of Daventry. 28 December, 2018
|I regard the leaves of this shrub as rather handsome.|