Talk about being damned with faint praise. No self-respecting shrub would willingly embrace the term, car park shrub. It's a bit like being told that you have a good face for radio - which I do. The car park for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park has an £8 fee but the most wonderful planting on a bright morning in early January.
|Neither are the common hedging dogwoods my favourites except for the crucial time of winter when their stems exude fire.|
|The common snowberry, or Symphoricarpos Albus if you prefer, is a plant I'm not too keen on. The white berries have a slightly menacing look to my eyes, and indeed it is mildly poisonous for humans.|
|But amassed around a tree in the main car park it has a certain effervescence about it. I wouldn't drink the wine but my wife was impressed enough to send me on a detour after I'd paid the parking fee.|