This post contains spiders
There’s something magic about the start of September in the UK. It’s a subtle change, but whatever the weather beforehand (this year a rather wet and unpredictable summer) September seems to come into its own, on cue, just as the school term starts.
Even if the weather is wonderfully warm and summer-like, as it is now, there’s an a palpable difference in September: the sun is lower in the sky, the dew point comes earlier as the temperature falls and the evenings draw in. Spider’s webs are festooned among the hedges, and strands of silk drift, glinting through the air, to catch you unawares, while leaves start to change, seed heads mature, and there’s a last burst of flowering.
Plus the air smells wonderful.
Last night, just as the sun lowered below the beech hedge at the bottom of the garden, I went outside in the oh so still, smudged-with-wood-smoke, soft evening light, and took a few snaps.
In the front garden the clematis has both seed headsand a solitary flower
and on the fence, the Virginia Creeper has reddened, with the more mature leaves, on the whole, turning first.
To my mind now is the time for New Term Resolutions: it’s a ‘start again’ time of year, and far better for new starts than the cold and dark of 1st January.