Each week the Scottish Snippets Newsletter includes a number of photographs which illustrate the flora and fauna of the current week around Scotland. On occasions, there are so many such graphics worth including that a separate "colour supplement" is created so as not to totally overload the Newsletter. Here is this week's crop!
This lovely pink Argyrantheum was spotted growing in the walled garden at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire this week. This is a relation of the Marguerite and is also known as the "Paris Daisy".
The gardens at Culzean always have a fantastic show of dahlias and the only problem is deciding which of the many varieties to include in this selection!
Although a number of butterflies have been used as illustrations in this colour supplement in recent weeks, the numbers seen in Scottish gardens have been well down on previous years due to adverse weather conditions. It is even possible that this fine specimen of a Red Admiral on a Michaelmas Daisy has flown over from mainland Europe. But Painted Lady butterflies which also come from southern Europe have been conspicuous by their absence this year.
Not quite a "stag at bay", rather "a stag charging". But the fierce expression on its face is reduced somewhat by the grass hanging from its antlers. By the way, there was a stout fence between me and that stag!
The autumn colours of the Katsura Tree (Cercidphylum Japonicum) shine out in this view of the demonstration garden at Glendoick Garden Centre in Perthshire.
The flowers of the Michaelmas Daisy (a variety of Aster) come into bloom late in the season. These ones were photographed at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire.
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