Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Proper snow

Well it seems to be thank you letter writing day as there is no point in trying to get anywhere. Pig went bonkers when he got into the snow.


Here is a late rose from the front that was still going before Christmas that I didn't get around to posting.


Does anyone know what this plant is?

20 comments:

Scrobs... said...

Lils, it's not a wild unpruned Vibernum is it?

Hemulen said...

Methinks it is a Viburnum, yes.

T. P. Fuller said...

Viburnum cassinoides: Witherod Viburnum.

lilith said...

Well gentlemen, I am not convinced, as a shuffle through pictures of viburnae or viburnums does not come up with a weird berry thing like this one that looks like a flower, orange centre surrounded by pink....but I stand to be corrected.

Trubes said...

Well Lils i havn't got a chuffing clue..
The whole of our City has ground to a halt.
I've never seen so many people walking around and not using their cars, it's wonderful.

Hope you are keeping warm and snug,
Dontcha just love this weather...
I certainly do.

Di.xx

Scrobs... said...

Lils it could be a type of Magnolia; the berries appear inside pods which split slightly like those in your pic...

Depends when you took the pic?

Scrobs... said...

Lils!!!

"But I stand to be corrected."!

You've only been married five days for Gods sake!!!

Where's that Lilith spirit eh???

Not like you at all, luckily Trubes is rowing in now to create a balance, but it was a close call...

Philipa said...

It's a twig with berries on.

Don't eat it.

lilith said...

I wonder if that is it Scrobs. I took it in late November!

We are snug here Trubes. Stay warm.

lilith said...

That was certainly my initial reaction and very true Pip.

Webley-Bullock said...

Dear Lilith,

Definitely 'Magnolia Wayfarensis'!

Check with The Fuller Village!

Doris x

Anonymous said...

I think it's a spindle tree.

http://eu.startpage.com/do/metasearch.pl?

Karen

Anonymous said...

For some reason that link doesn't take you anywhere. Try searching for spindle fruit.

But I might be wrong...

lilith said...

You are absolutely right Anon Karen.



Spindle is a much-branched deciduous shrub usually up to 6m but occasionally as high as 8m, with branches 4-angled when young: older branches are grey to reddish-brown and often corky. Spindle grows on woodland margins, in shrub and hedgerows mostly on lime-rich soils.

The greenish flowers, about 1cm across, have 4 petals alternating with 4 shorter, joined sepals. The flowers are arranged in clusters of 3-10, each on a short stalk: they appear in May and June.

The 4-lobed fruits turn deep-pink in autumn and later open to expose four bright orange seeds.

The leaves turn dark-red in autumn and spindles are often planted in parks for their colour.

Facts

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The white or pale-yellow wood was formerly used for making spindles, knitting needles and skewers.
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The flowers are rich in nectar which attracts small pollinating insects.
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Spindle is the only wild tree or shrub in Northern Europe which has a rubber-like substance, gutta percha, in its bark.

lilith said...

Doris, I'll be right over x

Anonymous said...

Gosh, I do feel smug :D

It's also incredibly poisonous which is why, I presume, you don't see it much in gardens.

Very pretty fruit, though.

Karen

El-Kevo said...

A good dog always goes bonkers.

circus monkey said...

I'm going bonkers trying to get THROUGH the snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lilith said...

circus monkey, we are just staying in :-)

Calfy said...

Mummy I am scared