Berries mingle in the woodland fringe. Fleshy red yew arils peep from dark foliage, holly berries show against blue sky, with pink spindle fruits and arcing branches of hawthorn berries.
Last Saturday, redwing and fieldfare flew calling above us. Today, only the call of a mistlethrush. It is calm and still and so warm that winter thrush would seem out of place.
In the gardens of Sizergh Castle we return to the spindle I photographed last week and find a second spindle tree called Red Cascade, a shrub with deep red leaves. I don’t think I’ve seen a richer crop of spindle fruits and today the light is perfect.
I like to see seasonal transitions, the fruits of last summer on spindle alongside buds for the coming spring. The last golden leaves on hazel whilst the twigs are thick with new catkins. Early next spring, I should look for holly blue butterflies which favour spindle. And, during June to September, the night flying spindle ermine moth is possible.
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