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June 28, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Red hot poker

red hot poker

One of my favourites.  Not only because it looks so bright and exotic to UK eyes but it attracts birds, especially the Great Spotted Woodpecker to the garden, which is a very handsome bird.  It always looks a little odd to see such a big, strong bird feeding on a flower.  In these days of central heating, there must be a generation that has grown up not knowing why this flower is called by this name and what a real ‘red hot poker’ looks like;. Well it looks like this actually, and it does remind me of playing with the fire in the hearth and being told off by my parents for trying to make the poker hot enough to change colour.  Happy days.



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  1. meticulousmick / Jun 28 2013 9:41 pm

    Nice picture of the poker, and now we look forward to the photographs of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. MM 😉

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jun 28 2013 10:40 pm

      I will try to capture the woodpecker but it is a very nervous bird and not easy to photograph close up. I would like to try though.

      • meticulousmick / Jun 28 2013 11:26 pm

        Best of luck, the woodpecker is magnificent, such bold colours. 👍

  2. Gallivanta / Jun 29 2013 5:10 am

    Oh yes, playing with the red hot poker 🙂 Frowned upon but fun.

  3. wildsherkin / Jun 30 2013 9:06 pm

    I planted one last year in the Sherkin garden! Hoping to have a bloom any year now!

  4. limseemin / Jul 1 2013 11:22 am

    Amazing shoot!!! Visit mine too! Don’t forget to follow. Haha 🙂

  5. SchmidleysScribbling / Jul 5 2013 1:01 pm

    I love these flowers. So bright in early summer here in Virginia. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Dianne

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 5 2013 2:14 pm

      You’re welcome. Red hot pokers in Virginia sounds lovely.I imagine Virginia as a beautiful State.

  6. itchierfeet / Jul 26 2013 12:19 pm

    THey are very nice colours. Nice composition too.

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