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This week we’ve had typical autumn weather. On Monday, we were blown off Ben Lomond and it didn’t stop raining all day Tuesday; but the last couple of days have been warm and sunny although there has been ice on the puddles in the morning. I’d earmarked today to do some programming but the weather was so nice I took some time off for a wee dauner in the garden with my camera.

We have quite a small garden but the previous owner had put in lots of different kinds of plants and we continued the process through a policy of buying plants on offer and shoving them into the ground, wherever there was a space. As you might expect, this has had mixed success but given my gardening ignorance, it’s probably no worse than any other approach. So, there’s lots of variety for photography. At this time of year, what’s obvious is that the garden is in transition – some plants have given up for the year and are withering, some are still in bloom and producing buds and others aren’t sure and are doing a bit of both.  We haven’t got the full-blown Deeside autumn colours yet, but leaves are starting to turn.

 

Rose hips nestling amongst the leaves.

Rose hips nestling amongst the leaves.

 

The holly berries are just starting to change from green to red.

The holly berries are just starting to change from green to red.

 

Withered leaf. An early turner.

Withered leaf. An early turner.

 

No idea what plant this is but it's one of the successes of our 'shove it into a space' policy

No idea what plant this is but it’s one of the successes of our ‘shove it into a space’ policy

 

The wasps have gone but the hoverflies are still working hard. I don't know how fast their wings beat but this was 1/2000th of a second and it wasn't a fast enough shutter speed

The wasps have gone but the hoverflies are still working hard. I don’t know how fast their wings beat but this was 1/2000th of a second and it wasn’t a fast enough shutter speed

 

Fading rose

Struggling to get the last drops of nectar from a dying rose

 

Turning leaf

Turning leaf

 

Seedheads and buds

Seedheads and buds – is it  autumn or spring

 

Final flowers

Sweet peas – seedpod and fading flowers

 

The last of the clematis flowers

Even in the afternoon, the morning dew hadn’t dried up

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