An explosion of autumn

In spite of weather reports forecasting subzero temperatures, when we got home yesterday, the nasturtiums were still going strong. However, there is no doubt autumn has arrived.

The first photo was taken in the Belton Estate, near Grantham. We had been trying to find it a couple of Christmases ago, but found a mound of sugar beet instead!

The second walk of the weekend was a sedate perusal of Bluebell Nursery in Leicestershire, which we went to in August for a Cornus alba Kesselringii (white dogwood). Then the ground had been so parched there were huge cracks, which were actually still in evidence in places. I guess it will take some time to get over this year’s drought.

However, the trees charmed us with their autumnal glory

and I took a photo of the Asian birch which I had dithered about photographing last time.

And I noticed a plant with no name attached. This, unlike the dogwood, I won’t be hunting down as I don’t think I can fit it in. Just look at its flowers, though!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to An explosion of autumn

  1. Over Soil says:

    Think I’m going to enjoy your blog posts. Kindred 🌱 🌿 🐾

  2. skyeent says:

    I must admit that I take far too many pictures. These digital cameras make it so easy! (remember when you only had 36 exposures on a film?) The flowers look like some soft of Fuchsia. I can’t tell if it is the same as the one I have on the drive bank, which is also going strong.

    • Helen says:

      I thought it might be a fuchsia – it was an incredibly big bush, but I guess it could be trimmed.

      Film which you took to be developed seems a long time ago. I enjoyed waiting to see what came back, though 😊

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    What a monster fuchsia that last photo shows! Very pretty flowers, though.

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