The wildflower blooms are very few and far between during the autumn months along the Perth Autumn season. There are just some white trumpet shaped blooms from the bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) weaving their way through the hedgerows. Along with the odd clump of white dead nettle flowers (Lamium album) growing through the grasses. The picture to the left is of the old sluice gate mechanisms along the lade channels.
The Harvest From The Fields
The combine harvester has been out harvesting the barley.
New Buds Appearing
A precious source of nectar and pollen in the form of yellowish green buds have appeared in the form of ivy (Hedera helix) flowers. These will be of great benefit to the remaining bees, butterflies and hover flies of the season once the flowers open.
Perth Lade Autumn Colours
horse chestnut leaves changing colour – Perth Lade Autumn Season
The trees are getting into the autumnal mood with slight hues of orange, red and yellow when viewed from a distance. Get closer to the leaves and the autumnal colours are much more dramatic.
Conkers from the horse chestnut tree
The first of the spiny husks from the horse chestnut trees (Aesculus hippocastanum) have fallen to the ground with just a few split open revealing their brown shiny conkers (buckeyes to the readers from North America).
A Mob Attack
There has been some mobbing in the area witnessed by myself. The attack took place about 10 feet above me when a mob of crows decided in flight to attack a buzzard that was encroaching on their territory. I never realised that a crow would attack a bird of prey the size of a buzzard. But that buzzard hastily retreated making its distinctive cry to its nesting site after being nipped in the leg by one of the crows.
Berries Are A Plenty
Elderberries – Perth Lade Autumn Season
The elderberries (Sambucus) gleam like little jewels hanging in clusters from pink stems. The branches of the dog rose (Rosa canina) are bending over with the weight of the orange red rose hips.
While there are still plenty of juicy blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) glistening in the hedgerows. Along with an abundance of hawthorn (Crataegus) berries.
One garden escapee is a red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum). It’snow displaying its beautiful blue spotted currants along the lade.
Seed heads And Curiosities
thistle seed heads
There is the shake and rattle from the many seedheads that line the little paths along the lade and a plentiful supply of thistle seed awaits the many goldfinches.
A Bedeguar gall – Perth Lade Autumn Season
Finally some of the robins pincushions have changed colour to brown (you can read about those here). Its amazing that inside each of these little matted hair-like spheres are chambers full of the larvae of gall wasps.
Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.