What a difference a couple of days can make. Today turned out to be warm and sunny, so Malcolm and I walked through Shipley Park, up and round Shipley Hill before returning home. Everywhere, signs of Autumn are becoming more evident. Leaves are turning to the flame-colours associated with this time of year and beginning to fall. Among the trees and shrubs of the gardens of Shipley Hall, there are several species of Berberis. This one is Berberis thungergii, it's berries nestled amongst the sharp spines.
Tilia x europaea), a hybrid between Small-leaved and Large-leaved Limes. Limes are well-known by car owners for dropping a sticky sap all over vehicles parked under them. This sticky residue is actually honeydew, produced by aphids which love the young stems of Limes.