cornwall in colours: yellow

“Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart.
She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow up again fairer and stronger”
~ Hugh Macmillan

January Gold

Feeling the need for a breath of fresh air we took a wander along the George V Memorial Walk last week to see what, if anything, was in flower.  One hundred photos proved there was a lot to love: not only flowers, but bright new foliage and sublime textures.

The header photograph is of a very pretty wattle which has fabulous almost triangular paired leaves, and really tiny flowers. I have often seen this interesting tree before, but never in flower and wondered what it was: a Gum? a Wattle?  This week it was flowering beautifully – a golden cloud arching over the track and I think it is Acacia pravissima / Wedge-Leaved Wattle


  1. What on earth are correas doing in Cornwall?? They belong in my bush! I love this collage: perfect symphony of colours.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I had to look that up! I thought it was some kind of Fuchsia, but not that it hails from eastern Australia. I might have to buy one to add to my Fuchsia collection 🙂 Hope you are surviving the hot weather over there! Rohan tells me it has been in the 40s in Canberra for weeks!

  2. bushboy says:

    I think you are right about the wattle. Commonly called Ovens Wattle.
    Acacia pravissima, is a species of evergreen shrub in the Fabaceae family native to Victoria, the South West Slopes and Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. The Latin specific epithet pravissima means “very crooked”. It grows to 5m, producing racemes of yellow flowers in Winter and Spring

  3. bushboy says:

    I just noticed the giant green yellow striped agave. I have one that has gone rampant and am considering what to do with it as it is taking over a part of my garden. Spiky pest

    1. Heyjude says:

      You just need it to flower as then it will die, I think! But you will have lots of babies… I have a baby one 🙂
      And although it is known as the century plant you won’t have to wait 100 years! They apparently flower between 15 – 20 years, sooner if pampered!

      1. bushboy says:

        Mine is ignored and has spread almost 2 meters around the parent plant. Hmmmm will try to find out if there is a way to stimulate flower growth. Mines been there for around 28 years

  4. Sadje says:

    I love yellow in all its shades.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Very cheerful colour, especially at this time of year!

  5. beetleypete says:

    All we have here are some snowdrops. Too cold for anything else, I reckon. 🙂
    (We have snow forecast for midweek, so they are appropriate)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Heyjude says:

      My snowdrops haven’t appeared yet, but early days, I know some flower in January and others Feb/Mar.

  6. restlessjo says:

    A lovely vibrant gallery, Jude. Good to see you making the most… 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I do my best! St Ives this week and if the rain stops, maybe a garden.

  7. Sue says:

    Oooh, what a lovely collage of yellow, Jude! Nicely done 😊

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was a very rewarding stroll Sue 🙂

      1. Sue says:

        Very good, time you enjoyed some non-rainy weather,eh?

        1. Heyjude says:

          Sun and showers all day today Sue. And a chilly wind, but I try and make the most of the days that allow me to get out.

        2. Sue says:

          Wall to wall sunshine her today, so I had no excuse not to pump the car tyres up…another job I had been putting off….

        3. Heyjude says:

          Oh, I wish it had been like that here!

        4. Sue says:

          Well, rain tomorrow, I believe….

  8. Chloris says:

    You are lucky in Cornwall with signs of spring coming so early. I have Acacia pravivissima, it is very easy from seed if you fancy trying it. Mine is not in bloom yet. I have lost them in the past with very cold winters although this is one of the hardiest mimosas.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I shall have to ‘steal’ some seed when it finishes flowering. Although I’d probably need to grow it in a container which might not suit it.

  9. I always love seeing the bright yellowy-green of new growth in spring. It almost glows. Beautiful photos again, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Surprising how much colour there is in the gardens – not so much in mine, but then I don’t have this amount of space or variety of plants.

  10. Su Leslie says:

    Great that you got out in some fresh air; and for us to see this lovely cheerful collage.

    1. Heyjude says:

      What I really need to do is get out into my garden!

      1. Su Leslie says:

        Hope of that soon? It is hot and humid here and the thought of gardening tires me. But the Big T says he’s had the chainsaw out again in my absence, so he’s obviously made of much sterner stuff than I am.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Freezing temps, hail, wind. No chance of gardening at the moment but I do have some new plants to get out there, so I might have to brave the weather before too long… 😦

        2. Heyjude says:

          Hah! So much for the weather forecast! There I was expecting freezing temps, wind, rain etc and what did I get? A cold, but sunny day. Just spent 3 hours in the garden, weeding and cutting stuff back. Now have an awful backache and probably won’t be able to move tomorrow, but it was a very satisfying afternoon 😀

        3. Su Leslie says:

          Hope you’re feeling better, and enjoying your achievements!

        4. Heyjude says:

          The aches are disappearing and it is a good job I spent all that time outside as Thursday and Friday have been bitter, with wind and snow! Fortunately the snow turned to sleet here and moved on, but far too cold to spend any time outdoors.

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