This is a welcome barrage of colour in a long, dank and sodden winter.
I came across this robust clump of yellow mimosa in a street near my home, where a terrace of houses is painted in an array of pastel shades.
It’s a vibrant, fascinating plant which chooses to bloom in the winter months. Its pale yellow, berry-like buds explode into puffs of flower, while the foliage is made up of neat, pale green fronds.
Yellow mimosa is positively revered in parts of southern France, prompting festivals and even a trail to be named in its honour. Ironically, as I took these photographs, a French lady passed by to tell me all about it.
What a tonic to see this light up the neighbourhood, almost banishing the cold away.
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