When I decided to do a Winter Brights series at the weekend, this was one of the plants I thought of – and I knew where I could find a large group of them: one of the large council car parks. So, on my way into town to do some Christmas shopping, I parked and proceeded to get some shots.
It’s a dogwood – Cornus sanguinea, variety ‘Midwinter Fire’. I’ve admired these plants for years for their Winter colour: beautiful pinks, reds and oranges. They need to be pruned at a certain time of year to get this effect in Winter although this year it looks as if the stems have recently been cut as the plants lacked their usual tapered shape – hence the photograph of a mid-section.
I needed something with warm colours today; there is a storm brewing and is set to arrive in England later on today, bringing strong winds and precipitation in the form of rain and snow depending where it falls. One of the weather forecasters said he had never seen such a deep depression brought by the Atlantic Jet Stream.