I passed this shrub yesterday and once again I wondered what it was called.
The leaves are shaped like holly, yet in high summer it produces a mass of colour with trumpet shaped flowers. It is the only bush like it that I have ever seen and the householder was unable to give me a name for it.
Magpie! Are you familiar with it?
UPDATE: Through the wonderful world of blogging friends we didn’t have to wait long! Desfontainea spinosa is your answer. Thank you Nelly and please pass on a great big hug to Bert the sleepy clarinet playing horticulturist for his wisdom! Now give that man another slice of cake!
Now don’t forget to come back at 5p.m. for a spot of loose blogging…. It was my turn to pick the topic this week!