Nature Notes

Summer Comes to an End

Most of the flowers in my garden have long finished flowering, leaving only seeds, and dead or decaying vegetation where once colourful and vibrant shapes attracted many insects on the warm days of mid- summer. There are still some species that are hanging on to the bitter end to provide some nectar for butterflies and bees that now have to search much longer for food, and I have a group of Coneflowers (Echinacea) that are still attracting them, together with the little blue star-shaped flowers of Plumbago which is quite prolific at this time of the year. I like to leave some of the more sculptural seedheads on several of my plants until the winter, as they make attractive shapes and their seeds can be a welcome source of food for birds. Whilst doing my daily walk around the garden last week looking for things to photograph I noticed this interesting seedhead from the wildflower part of my border. When seen through a macro lens and choosing a dark background the detail of the structure becomes magnified, and with it the complexity and wonder of it's creation.