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Autumn glow

October 14, 2013

It’s been a drizzly grey morning here, the sort of Monday when it’s awfully hard to drag yourself from your bed and get on with the day’s work. So here are some warm, glowing autumn colours to brighten up your Monday.

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Bumble bee on a sunflower in the kitchen garden, late September

last spires of rosebay willow herb by the roadside, mid-September

last spires of rosebay willow herb by the roadside, late September

I love the subtle colours of this vine in the garden

I love the subtle colours and precise shapes of this vine in the garden

Virginia creeper blazes in front of a wing of the castle

Virginia creeper blazes in front of a wing of the castle, first week of October

A wall of mellow sunlight: lace hydrangea

A wall of mellow sunlight: lace hydrangea

Elderberries on the edge of a field: some berries already stripped by the birds.

Elderberries on the edge of a field: some berries already stripped by the birds.

Elder leaves turning colour

Elder leaves turning colour

Seasonal bounty from the garden

Seasonal bounty from the garden

 

You might enjoy another Monday post of late season colour in Sunlit details.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Snoring Dog Studio permalink
    October 14, 2013 2:52 pm

    Lovely! I feel warmer already. I’m so looking forward to our autumn apple harvests here. What kind of apples do you grow?

    • October 14, 2013 2:55 pm

      It has been a bumper year for apples here. Ours come from an old espaliered tree in the garden: I’m afraid I’ve never found out what variety it is, but it gives us good sweet eaters. We also have a young crab apple tree which is starting to produce fruit, so I hope to be able to make crab apple jelly before long. There used to be a wonderful old orchard here – the trees were cut down a decade or more ago, as they were all old and diseased – and I do miss having a proper orchard.

  2. Toffeeapple permalink
    October 14, 2013 6:33 pm

    A colourful post to enliven a grey and sismal day, just what I needed, thank you.

  3. Erika W. permalink
    October 15, 2013 9:41 am

    We are enjoying a lengthy Indian Summer here in Delaware. Our average first frost date is October 5 but there is sunshine with 70 degree temperatures and drops to only 50 degrees at night. This is the second year in which birds have stripped our elderberry bushes and I have a nasty suspicion that it is a case of them having found them and now we will never be able to make our own jelly and syrups. Luckily I did make elderflower syrup early on. It’s a A bit like blue tits discovering milk bottles in England, back in the old milk delivery days.

    • October 15, 2013 7:33 pm

      Oh, I remember the blue tits on milk bottles! And discovering the milk had frozen on the doorstep, too, in hard winters.

      We have had a bit of an Indian summer too, actually. Last week, it was 70 degrees on Sunday – lovely but rather disconcerting at this time of year! – and then plummeted to 35 Fahrenheit on the Thursday, when I had to get the ice scraper out to clear the windscreen for the school run. A startling change. I am enjoying the feeling of proper autumn, however.

  4. October 15, 2013 1:00 pm

    Beautiful colours! It’s still dreary here, so this was much appreciated!

  5. October 16, 2013 9:47 pm

    Little autumn colour down here as yet and today was really murky and wet, so your colours are much appreciated.

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