Early mornings now have a chill about them which wasn’t there a few days ago, quite often we start off with mist or fog which the sun burns away a couple of hours later. Sometimes when looking towards Exeter we are in bright sunshine but being on the side of a hill we are above the fog, no airport, no Exeter, a bit spooky! Signs of autumn are now all around the garden, can’t kid myself any more, such a pity our summer only lasted for about 3 weeks! As soon as I see the tiny flowers of Cyclamen hederifolium twinkling in the shady borders I know autumn isn’t far away.
Most of the Cyclamen are in the woodland and they are increasing nicely, far easier to leave it to the ants to carry away the seed than to grow them myself, I’ve tried but wasn’t very successful.
They seem to like growing under the rhododendron bushes, in all the leaf mould that we have there.
Hawthorn berries are starting to colour along with all the other berries in the garden.
Arum italicum marmoratum berries are loved by the blackbirds, who spread it nicely through the garden without any help from me!
Cotoneaster horizontalis is growing up the wall by the kitchen window. Yesterday I saw a blackbird sitting here enjoying them, they won’t last long at this rate!
The berries on Rosa glauca are nice and ripe and ready for any passing bird or little mammal ( I’m thinking about our dormouse here, he will need to fatten up before hibernating).
Leycestaria formosa still forming flowers …….
While on the same bush, the berries are ready to be eaten, again mostly by the blackbirds. I’m beginning to think that the blackbirds do very well in this garden, no wonder we have so many of them, and so many Leycestaria bushes because of the seed they drop everywhere!
Leaves are also changing colour, but I’m saving photos of those for GBFD in a few days time. Has autumn arrived in your garden yet?