Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Petal packed Purple Pixie

About six years ago whilst on a family drive, heading in a round-about-way home through the Worcestershire countryside, we found a little village or hamlet called Little Heath. It was coming towards the end of a glorious sunny afternoon when we finally decided to stretch our legs for one last time before returning home. We drove into the ‘crunchy car park’ of Little Heath Nurseries.

Through a wooden gateway and neatly pebbled pathway we proceeded into an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ type shop of all kinds of colourful and magical items as well as the usual seeds and tools. I could have spent a good hour or more in the shop but headed through to the back where the plants sat in neat rows. There at the very front of the shrubs my eyes were taken with a dwarf hebe. The last hebe that I had purchased only lasted a short eighteen months before dying out. Now my eyes twinkled at a bright violet purple flowered variety apparently called Purple Pixie …

Purple Pixie2

Purple Pixie

Hebe Purple Pixie

My fingers are crossed as this lovely brightly flowered hebe has survived five winters and is now approaching its sixth. We have had several frosts over the last week or so and it is still bearing flowers that are in full bloom. (The picture above was taken a few months ago.)


Bas - Istanbul Expat said...

Wow, nice alliteration in the title there ;-)


What a beautiful and bright sight to see in the winter. Hope you are doing well!!

tahtimbo said...

That would look great at our house. I'll let my wife know about this. I hope that it is available in our area (Idaho).

bluecrystaldude said...

Wow.. Love the color :)


Hi there, thank you so much for being my November top Entrecard dropper! I appreciate it very much :)

Shinade said...

Polly these are just beautiful and I am not sure that I have ever seen them before.

We have a wildflower of sorts called a bachelor button that loks a little like these but they are much thicker in their stem and not quite as bright.

Oh my this is lovely and from the bottom picture it seems to me that you probably have a lovely English garden that is brimming over.

I have always admired the English garden style. I would love to have an area here designed just for one.

But, of course being in Oklahoma and having a pond right out front I worry about snakes getting into such a dense area in the hot summer time for sleeping and cooling down.

Maybe when my hubby retires my dream will come true. He's not phobic about snakes and would be able to keep it weeded and looking beautiful.

Oh my this is wonderful to look at this morning. All of our flowers have completely gone by.

Oh yes I am not a hot tea drinker. Us yanks from the southern part of the U.S. drink gallons of coffee and ice tea.

Now my daughter who grew up mostly in New England loves hot tea and has a cup or 2 a day.

Well I am off with fingers crossed that my service does not slow down to a crawl today!