Portents of Autumn

Michaelmas daisyAfter 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!

Caroline

There were a couple of cyclamen showing under the trees at the beginning of autumn: now there are masses.

There were a couple of cyclamen showing under the trees at the beginning of August: now there are masses.

Colchicum, autumn crocus.

Colchicum, autumn crocus.

Crataegus laevigata 'Aurea'.

Crataegus laevigata ‘Aurea’.

Rosehips.

Rosehips.

Larch cones.

Larch cones.

Red fruits.

Red fruits.

The possibility of bananas.

The possibility of bananas.

A fairy ring of fungus.

A fairy ring of fungus.

Agapanthus seedhead.

Agapanthus seedhead.

Seeds of Paeonia mlokosewitschii, 'Molly the Witch'.

Seeds of Paeonia mlokosewitschii, ‘Molly the Witch’.

Mistletoe in a hawthorn tree.

Mistletoe in a hawthorn tree.

A pumpkin in the systematic beds.

A pumpkin in the systematic beds.

Spectacular seedhead (parsley family?).

Spectacular seedhead (parsley family?).

Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'.

Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’.

Hedychium gardnerianum.

Hedychium gardnerianum.

Hunnemannia fumariifolia.

Hunnemannia fumariifolia.

St John's wort.

St John’s wort.

The lake.

The lake.

The Henslow Gates.

The Henslow Gates.

A surprisingly early flowering hellebore.

A surprisingly early flowering hellebore.

 

 

 

 

 

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