Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A final flower

This Inner Hebridean island of Colonsay appears to be simplicity itself.  Stripped back landscape, high rocky interior, one road that goes round in a loop with a couple of spurs off it, to Oronsay in the south, and Kiloran to the north.  But take a closer look and you will find treasure on every level, and in every remote corner of this remarkable place.  Ancient history, art, ornithology, botany, geology, marine life, horticulture, cultural festivals.  The list goes on and on.  

The last flower of this series is as modest as it is tiny.  You hardly notice it at all, as it only stands about an inch or two high.  The thyme-leaved speedwell, Veronica serpyllifolia.  But like this island, it is a little gem.  

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