We have planted a variety of shrubs at the edge of rides, amongst them 20 spindles (Euonymus europaeus).
Our spindles are currently flowering. The flower could be described as insignificant but look closely and you see 4 cream-green petals in an X-shape.
Historically the wood was used for making wool spindles, toothpicks and knitting needles as it is hard enough to be sharpened to a point.
Spindle is easy to spot in winter hedgerows as the pink seed casings clash happily with their orange seeds. However, these fruits are poisonous and unfortunately young children are attracted by the garish colouring.