DAY 240 (1 DECEMBER) Linden (Tilia cordata) (Farnham)
One of many trees in Farnham Park that just make you go ‘Ahhh!’ This beautiful linden (or lime as we usually call them) has made it into December with almost all its leaves. Oddly, it’s the only one on the grand avenue that isn’t nearly bare.
DAY 238 (29 NOVEMBER) Indian currant (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) (Guildford)
Just when you’re getting bored with red berries, up pop some original purple-pink ones. These looked as though they’d been glacéd too. I was a bit worried that if anyone saw me snapping them outside the eye hospital, they might think I didn’t really need my appointment. But I think I got away with it…
DAY 237 (28 NOVEMBER) Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) (Farnham)
On gloomy days, of which there have been so many this week, it’s good to get up close and personal with a bright-petalled plant. It’s like colour therapy. This cyclamen adorns our outside window sill by the dining room.
Did you know cyclamen was known as panis porcinus in medieval Latin? Because it’s said that pigs like to eat it. I can’t visualise it but perhaps it makes them glow pinker?
DAY 236 (27 NOVEMBER) Pedunculate oak leaves (Quercus robur) (Farnham)
More rain today, so more shiny leaves to photograph. Some still hang on to this oak tree in one of our local parks. But most are part of the pot pourri mush strewn along the paths and flower beds like jagged fragments from an old leather jacket.
DAY 235 (26 NOVEMBER) Thunberg’s barberry (Berberis Thunbergii) (Farnham)
Yes, I’ve featured this one from our garden before. But not in autumn. Ahhhh. It’s so eye-catching. There is barely a colour that isn’t represented. If it hadn’t been raining, I’d have taken loads more pictures of it. Pity we can’t sit next to it sipping wine when it’s at its most beautiful – now.
One of the few advantages of rain is that it makes nature look shiny. And that makes photos look better. We have a scattering of these striking and very bright red leaves in our garden, fallen from a tree next door. I haven’t been able to identify them yet – but am posting them anyway. The Woodtrust Trust site is hopeless. It’s only interested in native British trees – it probably voted Brexit too.