Sunday, June 5, 2016

Spirea ~ the poor man's shrub

  Forde Crescent, King City  
SPIREA - snowdrifts in June
Hundreds of years ago, in England, spirea, along with honeysuckle, was known as the poor man's shrub:
"By stately halls we see thee not
But find thee near the lowly cot."

I call spirea 'snowdrifts in June' because of their massive, rounded, cascading show of white boughs, especially when they are found in a long row upon a laneway or encircling a yard.   Even two or three shrubs or a single bush can make me fondly remember my grandparents' farm and their passive but smiling appreciation of its carefree spirea.

  Centre View Avenue, Laskay
Photos by Barry Wallace
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