I have a bit of obsession with hues and shades of purple going on. Every time we walk to Dumfries town centre up Kingholm Loaning our neighbour’s purple shrubs catch my eye, and I wonder how the old photosynthesis works without green chlorophyll pigments. Obviously those shrubs go by but I am too lazy to google how 🙁 .

Lately they have sprouted  brightly coloured young shoots and delicate panicles – and one afternoon I could not help popping out, still in my slippers, to the corner of Glenholm Place, to capture the delightful shades of purple, red, pink and plum.

Most of my recent blog posts swayed towards people and event photography. It has been a few months since any macro pics were featured here. Hopefully, this dash for purple will redress the bias.

Close-ups of our neighbour's purple hedge plants
Close-ups of our neighbour’s purple hedge plants
Smoke bush foliage photo
I love how autumnal reds contrast with the almost black purples of the smoke bush
The web of airy panicles gives the smoke bush its name
Purple, red and plum foliage hues
Purple, red and plum foliage hues

The purple-leaved berberis bush also spotted a crown of pinkish red young shoots.

Berberis
Berberis, another purple shrub
Berberis - pretty pink shoots against the older purple foliage
Pretty pink shoots against the older purple foliage
A few rain drops caught by the web
A few rain drops caught by the web
Mottled pink berberis offshoots
Mottled pink
Tiny delicate leaves of berberis shoots
Tiny delicate leaves

Walking a little further down Kingholm Loaning I saw a purple Buddleia whose sweet fragrance attracted lots of butterflies and bees.

Purple Buddleia
Purple Buddleia
A red fuschia reveals its purple core
A red fuschia reveals its purple core

A large hydrangea shrub next door boasts flowers of several purple hues and shades.

Purple hydrangea
Purple hydrangea
Hydrangea close-up
Hydrangea close-up
Different shades of flowers on the same hydrangea pant
It’s interesting to see green, reddish and deeper purple flowers on the same plant

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