Winter textures

This weekend I paid another visit to Mount Usher in Ashford, Wicklow. It was not the best time to go, despite the lovely sunny day, but the lack of flowers made me look at bark and mosses and the textures of the plants.

The furrowed back of taxodium

The furrowed back of taxodium

An old azalea supported masses of feathery lichen

An old azalea supported masses of feathery lichen

I almost like ruscus best when the stems are dead and skeltonised

I almost like ruscus best when the stems are dead and skeltonised

Hairy leaves and hard buds of a rhododendron

Hairy leaves and hard buds of a rhododendron

The distinctive bark of aesculus (horse chestnut)

The distinctive bark of aesculus (horse chestnut)

Alliums sprouting up through the sinuous taxus (yew) roots

Alliums sprouting up through the sinuous taxus (yew) roots

Piitosporum shadows on eucalyptus back

Piitosporum shadows on eucalyptus back

Lichens encrusting apple bark

Lichens encrusting apple bark

Hakonechloa in its autumn finery

Hakonechloa in its autumn finery

Moss on stewartia trunk

Moss on stewartia trunk

Polypodium and moss on magnolia trunk

Polypodium and moss on magnolia trunk

Pinus montezuma in sparkling form

Pinus montezuma in sparkling form

Moss draping prunus branches

Moss draping prunus branches

The dead flowers of a hydrangea (possibly H, aspera)

The dead flowers of a hydrangea (possibly H, aspera)

The perfectly grromed foliage of a conifer - not sure which!

The perfectly groomed foliage of a conifer – not sure which!

Perfectly placed foliage on a hypericum

Perfectly placed foliage on a hypericum

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6 Comments on “Winter textures”

  1. sueturner31
    December 2, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Great pictures….

  2. Maria F.
    December 6, 2014 at 1:55 am #

    I don’t know how I missed these posts, the images are beautiful!

    • thebikinggardener
      December 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      Thank you – there is beauty everywhere if you look hard enough 🙂

      • Maria F.
        December 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

        I agree completely, thanks so much.

  3. Maria F.
    December 6, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    We have that Eucaliptus tree, the bark looks great when wet!

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