AUTUMN MAPLE LEAF

DSCF1957

It’s a sure sign of autumn when the maples in our garden start to change colour, and although they were not as spectacular this year as they have been previously – losing their leaves quickly in the high winds – this one looked rather good when it was in mid-change from green to red.

DRY-STONE WALL

DSCF1841

A skilfully constructed Derbyshire dry-stone wall. Despite having no mortar to hold the stones together it will last a considerable length of time, and I so admire the people who continue to practise this craft.

Different areas of Britain have different construction techniques, and the Millennium Wall Project at the National Stone Centre in Derbyshire shows walls from all over the country. If you would like a look, go to this site: http://www.nationalstonecentre.org.uk

GERANIUM PROCURRENS

DSCF1944

Back to my favourite type of flower again, the hardy Geraniums, or Cranesbills. This dark eyed beauty with the sweeping lashes is Geranium procurrens. It flowers profusely throughout the year, but it does have the drawback of being a little too enthusiastic if you don’t watch it. It will weave and ramble through other plants rooting whenever a node touches the soil so you can eventually have a garden full of them and little else. Every autumn I go through my garden pulling out unwanted plants, but I have to keep a few!

ROSE TRIPTYCH

DSCF1971

This pink climbing rose, the thornless Zephirine Drouhin, grows through a holly hedge and up onto a pergola at the back of our house. It blooms throughout the year and gives off a lovely, gentle scent. These three flowers were spaced perfectly for this shot without help or encouragement from me, almost as though they were asking for their photograph to be taken.