These photos of the budding hippophae were taken in the spring. Again there is the contrast with the rounded buds and the long slender thorns.
There is a jewel-like quality to the buds seen against the darker background.
I like the defiant exuberance of these criss-crossing branches against the spring sky.
Hippophae rhamnoides can grow to a very large shrub, and is often used as hedging in seaside areas. Mine is in a large tub, which I have positioned behind this wall, as I like the pattern of the mossy angles of the brickwork with the triangular shapes of the hippophae. Behind is a forsythia in spring bloom, also in a tub.