Looking fabulous right now: Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ & Buddhas :)

Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ with glorious shades of bright scarlet this autumn.
Brilliant scarlet colour!
Meditating Buddha sculpture at Glenwhan gardens.
Buddha sculpture at Glenwhan gardens.

Collecting seeds from Polylepis australis – the ‘filo pastry’ tree.

IMG_0619.JPGIt never ceases to amaze me just how smart plants truly are. I marvel at their complexity, their feats of engineering & effortless artistry. Much can be learnt from these noble ancient lifeforms. The above, seemingly simple seed holds such complexity & potentiality for life is staggering.

Seeds that could germinate & grow each into 3-4 metre Polylepis australis trees.
Strangely enough, Polylepis australis is a relative of Alchemilla mollis.
Extraordinary ‘filo’ pastry bark that actually helps the Polylepis australis distorted tree survive harsh winters across the Andes mountains of South America from Ecuador to Argentina.


Looking fabulous right now:Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Dazzling golden autumnal display of Cercidiphyllum japonicum

I wish you could scratch & smell these photos!

Because, not only does this tree bear a spectacular autumnal display of golden heart-shaped leaves but it also gives off the most gorgeous distinctive ‘candy floss’ fragrance as you pass by these Japanese beauties.

I was fortunate enough to be in the presence of several Cercidiphyllum japonicum in the walled garden at Dunskey, all shimmering golden delight on a bright sunny autumnal day.