Orange flowers by the pond - petals beginning to fall off
Some of them have already turned into seed pods
The pond was a little cloudy again.
Around the corner I was sad to see that many of the big leaves had been ripped apart
and the bits floated in the stream the other side of the path. There's no way they got there accidentally
I walked on enjoying the peace and thinking how amazing it is that the rumble of the traffic and drone of a distant machine seem to be swallowed up by the silence so that all I really notice is the intermittent birdsong. I noticed a few yellow flowers that have come out since my last visit
Shiny red rosehips
and other red berries
Nasturtiums twining around the railings - looking like a design for stained glass
I had said I would have a closer look at these. Some have yellow middles and some have pinky red middles. I wondered if the red middles were further developed than the yellow ones
This seemed to be confirmed by a spray of buds and partially opened flowers - none had red middles
These are looking even more shaggy now - but they still have those precise little double curls which are more visible around the edge of the sphere
Beautiful drifts of flowers in the prairie beds
As I sat on a bench I heard children's voices and a lady appeared pushing a little girl in a buggy, accompanied by three lively boys running here and there, with sticks in their hands, their insistent voices shouting -"Mummy, Mum, MUM look at me" Mum look at this." etc. They vanished up the hill. I could still hear their voices, and the sound of children's feet on the wooden floor. One of the boys climbed up a tree shouting "Mummy, mummy, look at me look how high I am."
I continue walking disappointed to see beheaded flowers lying on the grass
- I noticed a little white spider hiding between the petals
A few of the Beautyberries (Callicarpa) are beginning to turn purple.
Little star shaped seed pods
I hear a boy shout "look look - there's a secret pathway" as he leaps into a gap in a flower bed followed by another child and I worry about the plants getting crushed as I continue walking and the children's voices fade into the background -
The woods were dark today - no sunlight through the leaves
but although there's no sunshine the top of the big acer tree looked amazing
Some of the cornus fruits are very red now
And these little deep red flowers catch my eye too
A hover fly - their exquisite markings fascinate me
On my last visit these were yellowy fluffy grass like plumes - now red disc-like seed pods have formed
This one is about to happen
Distracted for a moment by pink flowers and buds
then back to the starry middles again
Various slightly different stages. Such an amazing design - it blows me away!
Splashes of red between allium seed heads
Wonderful symmetrical patterns
Wild carrot "nest"
A sea of yellow and orange
A slightly different view of the flower beds nearest to the gate
Blue flowers with white tipped petals
Perhaps the rain that is forecast will sort this out as it is only a light film across the surface of the pond
Thank you very much for joining me