Taking the car in for its MOT isn’t all bad when it means I can take a walk along the George V Memorial walk along the Copperhouse pool in Hayle whilst waiting for the test to be completed. The variety of flowers along this walk never fails to surprise and please me. At this time of year – late May – the indigo-blue Portuguese squill, (Scilla peruviana), was doing well along with the more usual Aquilegia, irises, peonies and Weigela . Cistus (Rock roses) in plain white with lovely bright yellow stamens, white with the distinctive maroon blotches and pink-purple were among the more interesting plants, along with a white and a pink osteospermum, grevillea, myrtle and an orange globe Buddleja (Buddleja globosa). Hawthorn hedges mingle with lilac trees and Paulownia tomentosa (Foxglove tree). And making the most wonderful contrast all along the walk were the lime-green Euphorbia and the Magenta-pink Gladioli communis byzantinus better known in the south-west as Whistling Jacks.
Oh, and if you were wondering, the car passed. At 10 years old I was very pleased with that result too, though due to the weather down here apparently her brake discs are becoming corroded. 😦