After a very wet and gloomy August, things have bucked up slightly at the beginning of September, but though the late summer glories of the herbaceous beds at Cambridge University Botanic Garden are still looking wonderful, some of the trees are taking on an autumnal tinge, hips and haws, berries and cones are ripening, and seed heads are drying out. Here are some images from this morning, with apologies (as always) for those where I couldn’t find the label!
There were a couple of cyclamen showing under the trees at the beginning of August: now there are masses.
Colchicum, autumn crocus.
Crataegus laevigata ‘Aurea’.
The possibility of bananas.
A fairy ring of fungus.
Seeds of Paeonia mlokosewitschii, ‘Molly the Witch’.
Mistletoe in a hawthorn tree.
A pumpkin in the systematic beds.
Spectacular seedhead (parsley family?).
Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’.
St John’s wort.
The Henslow Gates.
A surprisingly early flowering hellebore.