Was so glad I had my camera with me when I saw this sky this afternoon! I wasn’t anywhere particularly interesting, so I was pleased to find these trees – I just love the silhouettes against the vivid colours!

Sunset

Conkers are the seed of the Horse Chestnut tree and it is a very British tradition for children to play the game of conkers in the school playground.  Leaving conkers in the house is supposed to repel spiders, but can’t say this works entirely for me!

Conker from the Horse Chestnut tree

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Conkers

After the deluge the sun came out! Everything was weighed down from the rain, including the Rowan tree with its masses of berries which are ripening fast and it’s still only July!

Rowan tree berries

The Sorbus is also known as mountain ash as well as Rowan and in English folklore is said to have magical properties and gives protection against witches.

I can’t get enough of Acers! In the Spring the fresh young leaves light up the garden with youthful promise; the leaves dance around in the summer breeze like colourful handkerchiefs and in the Autumn their fiery colours give us the most spectacular natural fireworks display. People think they are difficult to look after, but all you need to do is protect them from cold winds in winter and strong sun in summer.

New leaves on golden Acer tree

Over the last few days the leaves on this sycamore tree have started to unfurl. I adore the crinkly copper-coloured new leaves – a sure sign that Spring has arrived, albeit accompanied by hail storms.

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