Alternative Advent #16

In the period leading to Christmas some people buy an Advent Calendar to check off each day before December 25. Usually intended for children, it appears that in recent years there has been a rise in the popularity of luxury ones aimed at indulgent adults who feel the necessity to treat themselves on the run-up to the big day itself – from expensive candles and perfume to miniature bottles of Prosecco or Whisky and even chunks of cheese.

So I thought to balance all this extravaganza I would offer you an alternative in the form of a flower a day from Sunday 3rd December until Sunday 24th December.

All images taken on a mid-November day along the George V Memorial Walk alongside Copperhouse Pool in Hayle using my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and 40-150mm lens

April Flower: Corylopsis ‘Spring Purple’

Corylopsis 'Spring Purple'

Of all the many beautiful spring-flowering shrubs, corylopsis are among the finest. The members of this small genus have the welcome ability to illuminate the semi-shaded locations in which they thrive with glorious flowers that dangle gracefully on thin stems from mid-spring to midsummer. Their flowers are borne in pendant racemes that resemble catkins or hops. The cultivar C. sinensis var. sinensis ‘Spring Purple’ bears foliage that is a glorious rich plum-purple when young.