A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Monday, 21 November 2011
Signs of Autumn at the Gardens
I haven't had much to blog about recently as a bad cold meant I didn't feel much like going out. Bird-wise the garden here at home has been fairly quiet although goldfinch numbers are increasing up to a maximum of twelve and a pair of greenfinches have made a welcome return to the feeders. Sparrowhawk sorties are becoming more regular although I have yet to see her catch anything and we have an acrobatic magpie who is determined to hang onto the coconut to get beakfuls of fat.
I did pop along to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens towards the end of last week and first of all here are a few pictures from around the Gardens
South Kitchen Garden and Summer House
There were still plenty of leaves showing autumn colours
And plenty of berries - not sure what the first ones are
but these are Spindle Tree berries
and plenty of holly as a reminder that Christmas is not far away.
There were several species of interesting looking toadstools - I am a complete novice at toadstool id so any help would be greatly appreciated!
I found these beautiful yellow toadstools (after a tip off from a friend) in the Secret Garden. Lots of record shots - are these by any chance yellow or golden waxcaps?
These tiny toadstools were growing on a grassy mound near the South-west Pier
The Stumpery and area near the South Pond had several different types. I think this is a bracket fungus but no idea what species.
There were loads of these grey toadstools - at a guess clouded agaric?????
The black spots on this sycamore leaf are tar spot fungus
I did see a couple of great spotted woodpeckers flying over - a new species for the Gardens Bird List.
St Mary and St Margaret's Church
I stopped off at the new Hotel to take a couple of photos
Not sure if I like all the hotel type signs - would have preferred them to be a bit more discreet! but its great to see this beautiful Hall lived in and used again
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