Perth Lade Autumn

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Historial Perth lade sluice gates Perth Lade Autumn Season

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.

combine harvester Perth Lade Autumn Season

The Harvest From The Fields

The combine harvester has been out harvesting the barley.


New Buds Appearing

ivy flowers Hedera helix Perth Lade Autumn Season
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
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 Perth Lade Autumn Season
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
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.
blackberries Rubus fruticosus Perth Lade Autumn Season
Blackberries – Perth Lade Autumn Season
While there are still plenty of juicy blackberries (Rubus fruticosus) glistening in the hedgerows.  Along with an abundance of hawthorn (Crataegus) berries.
Ribes sanguineum fruit blue spotted currants Perth Lade Autumn Season
Ribes sanguineum
One garden escapee is a red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum). It’s now displaying its beautiful blue spotted currants along the lade.

Seed heads And Curiosities

scottish thistle seedheads Perth Lade Autumn Season
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 robins pincushion Perth Lade Autumn Season
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.


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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.

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    What a lovely post! I adore these signs of fall…especially the Horse Chestnuts. We have a few around the neighborhood, and wow, when they fall onto cars below it's so loud…always gives me a chuckle!

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    Rosie, What a lovely post~I am so intrigued by the beautiful galls! I've only seen them online, but what an interesting looking fuzzy, pink creation! Nature is so wonderful~Gail

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    Hi Rosie i love it when the crows are mobbing the buzzards, they really get quite brave about it, our blackberries are all gone now and our horsechestnuts all suffering from the leaf miner moth so the leaves look dreadful unlike yours which look superb, but lots of other trees just starting to show some colour,

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    Now I know another name for Buckeye!

    I think I like Conkers better.;)

    Interesting tale about the buzzard and crows. Isn't nature a curious thing?

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    Autumn Belle

    A wonderful and enlightening post about the arrival of fall. I only thought about the colour changes to the leaves. Interesting info about the Crows attacking buzzard.

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    Hi, Rosie! I have never heard of a conker, but certainly know of a buckeye!! Actually, I received a shiny buckeye for Christmas from my father the first year I lived in Florida after commenting to him that there are none here and I miss them. I keep it lovingly on my nightstand.

    Your berries make my mouth water! And the change of color in the leaves is glorious!!

    And, born into a family of midwestern farmers, I cherish the view of a combine in the field.

    I think I'm beginning to miss some of the northern scenery, although I don't miss the weather. Your photos make me smile!

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    Rosie, I think I just left you a comment via my husband's gmail account. Well, if you receive a message from a CCW-BSU account, it's me. Sorry for the confusion!! 🙂

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    hi rosie, and thank you for stopping by my blog. we are just beginning to get a hint of fall color here in north carolina, but it is still hot. i had the same thought lisa did about the name 'conkers' – too funny! perfect name.

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    Hi Rosie, These are beautiful photos! Such an interesting post as well… Oh yes, crows can be very pushy! They act that way with hawks here too. Lovely post! ;>)

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    Love the Autumnal colours. We don't get to see them here. It's green the whole year long. If they are not green, then something is wrong.

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    Pam's English Garden

    Dear Rosie, Oh, how your post made me homesick for England and my childhood when conker season began. Do British children still play conkers? No one here in USA has any idea what that game entails.

    Your pictures are awesome! Pam x

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    Hi Rosie, It was delightful to wander down to the lade with you on a fine fall day. I do love the making of hay, it is being done here as well, although it disturbs the habitat of many creatures. Thank you for showing the Horse Chestnut. Most of the ones here were devastated by disease some time ago. We do have Chinese Chestnuts that have spikey conkers but nothing will knock a human senseless as well as being conked with the black walnuts now falling with great speed to earth. 🙂

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    PS I forgot to tell you how much I love the word lade and I am glad you joined the WW celebration. gail

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    The beauty of autumn! I used to think autumn was a dull boring season since not many flowers bloom anymore, and trees loses their beautiful greens. Guess I was wrong, seeing those colourful berries and fiery autumn leaves.

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    What a beautiful post Rosie, so many lovely autumn themes.
    I like all your photos, colorful autumn berries and golden leaves are the sensations of this time of the year.

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    I like the seedheads. They come in so many colours and forms. Autumn colours on leaves is beautiful. We hardly see that colour here.The colours must be indicating that the plants need rest.

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    The gall is just fascinating. Never seen one at all. You know you're on the other side of the pond when you hear the word conker – truly a perfect name. Our horse chestnuts are still green – but the maples are starting to turn – splashes of red and orange. Lovely berry photos.

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    What a lovely trip through your lade, Rosie! The blue currants, the gall, and the Horse Chesnut leaves are all so beautiful. Although I always see something new here, I see some similarities to my own area today. The combines have been out, changing the landscape dramatically as they finish a very early harvest. The first signs of autumn are appearing, with seedpods and thistledown everywhere, too.

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    Dear Rosie – you've captured the colours and soft hues of autumn so beautifully. Particularly like your sepia thistle seedheads.

    Laura x

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    Rosie your autumn is a lot slower in arriving than ours, it's almost winter here. I never knew Hedera helix had flowers. I've been growing it for years as a houseplant, I never saw any flowers. I remember conker fights when I was a child in England.

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    Caroline Gill

    A veritable Harvest Festival of a post, Rosie! Those blackberries look delicious… Thank you for the RSPB link on mobbing – fascinating. Nature never fails to take us by surprise.

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    Lovely to see the change of seasons through your post, Rosie. Whenever I see pictures of these berries it makes me think about how wonderful it'd be to be in your part of the world during the berry season:)Your pictures are a real treat….loved to see the seedheads!

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    Curbstone Valley Farm

    Rosie, I'm very behind in my blog reading (and writing!) of late, it's been so busy here. So glad I caught this post though, as I so miss horse chestnut trees. Look at that beautiful fall color! I never see those trees here, but we used to have so many near where I lived in England. It's funny how one can become sentimentally attached to plants.

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