Saturday, 31 October 2009


They are everywhere, but I didn't see any spiders.

Friday, 30 October 2009


Another cobweb, there was another I spotted but the spaniel running around managed to shake all the dew of it.

Thursday, 29 October 2009


On our dog walk this morning it was very still with everything looking fresh and shiny with dew, in the early sun. With a not so patient spaniel, who didn't think cobwebs were at all interesting but with a very patient husband, (sometimes setting the shots) I managed to get quite a few photos of cobwebs.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009


I don't know what this fungus is. It is all round the base of one of our trees and I was a bit concerned it was Honey Fungus, Armillaria mellea but the discription in my mushroom field guide of the tree killer Honey Fungus is nothing like this photo. Any ideas?

Monday, 26 October 2009

Cornus alba 'Sibirica' - Red-barked dogwood

Cornus alba tends to be a bit dull in the summer but in the Autumn the leaves turn a lovely red and then all winter the stems are bright red, giving well needed colour during the winter months.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Borage - Borago officinalis

I didn't expect to take a photo of borage at this time of the year but it is in full flower in the poly tunnel. It was late in flowering and didn't appear in the garden like it usually does, must be the weather. The flowers are great frozen in cubes of ice or dropped straight into glasses, the plant has a cucumber flavour. Bees love borage flowers and you occasionally see borage honey for sale.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Tomato Chutney

It's that time of the year again, for making chutney with the green tomatoes. You can see the result and I think I still have enough green tomatoes to make a second batch. We are still picking red tomatoes in the poly tunnel.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


I know it is better with most plants and flowers to cut of the dead flower heads before it sets seeds but then you miss out on wonderful seed pods like these from the Iris.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Firth of Forth

The last few days have not been very inspiring for taking photographs, just dull, so I have cheated today, this is a photograph my husband took on his iphone from the train window at Inverkeithing. It depicts the weather exactly.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

East Lothian

It was a stunning day yesterday a truly Indian summer day which we spent over in East Lothian. I thought this a very typical East Lothian golf scene of Mr H, brother in law and friend playing golf. Our friends have this wonderful view from their house and on a clear day like yesterday can see all the way over to Fife. This was taken in the late afternoon.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Empty Owl Box

More autumn colours, the Maple tree our owl box is in and a picture of one of the owlets earlier in the year when it was ringed. We occassionally see one of the adults but the young ones have fledged, I hope they will find a mate and a nest box of their own.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Hydrangea petiolaris - Climbing Hydrangea

Continuing on the theme of autumn coloured foliage brightening up dull areas of the garden, this plant grows on a north, west wall and clings on by itself without support. The leaves are not a deep orange but still a lovely colour.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Euphorbia sikkimensis

It has been a very dull day in the Scottish Borders, however, even although the garden is looking tired and in desperate need of a tidy up, there is lovely bright Autumn coloured foliage everywhere I look, that lights it up.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Blackthorn-Prunus spinosa

Better known as a sloe bush the Blackthorns in the hedge is where we pick our sloe berries for making sloe gin. There are not a lot of berries on the bushes around us this year, so we will probably have to go further afield to collect more.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Norway Maple

These are the paired winged fruits/seeds of the Maple tree. I think they look like a childs mobile, that's the hanging kind not their phone!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Hupeh Rowan - Sorbus hupehensis

According to my tree book this specimen is rare in the British Isles, so I may have got this wrong but the tree certainly met the discription in the book. Any other suggestions?

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Rowan Tree - Sorbus aucuparia

A fantastic speciman of a Rowan tree the changing berries and leaves looked as if they had a light glowing under them.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Maple Tree

I loved the contrast of the yellow turning leaves against the other still very green leaves of this Maple tree. What kind of Maple tree it is I don't know, perhaps a Norwegian maple.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Birch Polypore-Piptoporus betulinus

I was lucky to have my camera on me when I spotted this fantastic speciman of what I think is a Birch Polypore, unfortunately according to our mushroom field guide book it's not edible.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Autumn Flower Arrangement

These were the last shots I took in Dublin before we left the hotel. They had the most wonderful floral arrangements, so Ellemford show 2010, first prize here I come!

Monday, 5 October 2009

The Girl in the Park

Walking through the park in Dublin this morning, I thought this picture of the girl sitting smoking caught the stillness of the beautiful autumn morning

Sunday, 4 October 2009


There is no doubt about it Guinness tastes different in Ireland, it is the only place I like to drink it, delicious. This was in a well known pub in Dublin 'Doheny and Nesbitt'

Friday, 2 October 2009

Monkshood- Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii'

This is a great plant for this time of the year, flowering from early to mid Autumn, large panicles of deep blue flowers. Not everyone likes to grow Monkshood as all parts of this plant are toxic and can cause an allergic skin reaction, not recommended if you have children and unfortunately not advisable for flower arranging. However the bees love them and as they are left in the garden, they make a wonderful display.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Basket of Vegetables

A friend asked me how I got on with my basket of vegetables at the Ellemford Show, I got second I lost out again to the worthy Longformacus winner, the same chap who won the jar of herbs. I guess I will have to dedicate a bed in our poly tunnel for veg just for next years show in order to beat him. You can guess which basket was his!