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Friday photo: small gardens

This is Routine Row, a narrow lane of red-roofed houses, with colourfully painted window surrounds, in the village of Kilrenny in Fife. Its whitewashed cottages are all attached to each other, with very small front gardens. Despite the lack of space a few planted pots, hanging baskets and window boxes, added to some ground-level foliage, produces a cheering and welcoming effect.

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Small gardens on Routine Row in the village of Kilrenny, Fife.
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Flower · Garden · Gardening · Nature · Photography · Scotland

Friday trio: welcome home

I’ve been away on holiday, so I’m catching up on missed Friday photos by posting three today. Thanks to a long, warm summer and a remarkably mild autumn in Scotland so far, gardens continue to bloom beyond the usual time. When I came back from holiday I wondered if there would be any flowers left since it was halfway through October. I was delighted to find there was plenty still blooming, including the plants shown below. It’s turned significantly colder today and there might even be a touch of snow over the weekend, so I suspect this is the last hurrah.

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Cosmos ‘sweet sixteen’, a lovely mixture of pale pink and white flowers with soft yellow centres and delicate feathery leaves.
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White alyssum: there are large clusters of this around the garden and although it died down late in the summer, it surprisingly burst into bloom again just as I was thinking of pulling it all up.
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This passionflower has done remarkably well and seems to like its home, creeping up a sunny south-east facing fence. It’s the second passionflower I’ve tried to grow; the first one produced no flowers at all before it eventually died, so I’m especially pleased with this one.
Nature · Perthshire · Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: moorland

Last weekend, after lunch out in Moulin (near Pitlochry in Perthshire), my parents and I enjoyed a drive along the road to Kirkmichael. Much of the surrounding countryside is moorland, with scattered rocky peaks and forests. The hillside rising up to the right hand side of the picture is the westerly edge of Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry’s local mountain attraction. This is the sort of scenery you might expect to see red grouse in, and I did indeed spot some lurking amongst the heather further along the road.

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Moorland above Moulin in Perthshire, with possible red grouse hidden from view.
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Friday photo: sunflower

This lone sunflower fortuitously sprang up unexpectedly in the garden. For several weeks I’ve been watching with interest, waiting to see what it would look like when it flowered. A couple of days ago its petals unfurled and it’s been attracting bees ever since. I’m looking forward to collecting the seeds and planting more next year.

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An unexpected, and most welcome, sunflower in the garden.
Nature · Perthshire · Photography · Scotland · Weather

Friday photo: cow forecast

Apparently, more than 60% of Brits believe that cows lying down indicates rain on the way. According to the Meteorological Office, the position of cattle in a field has nothing to do with weather conditions and probably means they’re just tired and needing a rest. I took this photograph yesterday morning when the sky began to look quite threatening. It did rain, but not until about six hours later. Make of that what you will.

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Forecasting the weather, or just having a rest? Cows lying down near Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Fife · Flower · Garden · Nature · Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: musk mallow

Yesterday, while wandering around the magnificent walled garden at Cambo Estate near St Andrews in Fife, I came upon a drift of beautiful pale pink musk mallows (Malva moschata). I bought a packet of musk mallow seeds earlier this year and am looking forward to growing them in the spring. Mine are white with just a touch of pink in the middle, but I wouldn’t mind some of these lovely pale pink ones as well.

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Pale pink musk mallows at Cambo Estate, near St Andrews, Fife.