25 Photos of interesting autumn sightings (and what I thought at the time)

Here are 25 things I spotted in September and October that I thought were beautiful for all manner of reasons and managed to quickly snap on my camera.

1) London at its best

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament seen from the garden in front of St Thomas' hospital at Waterloo / Southbank
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament seen from the garden in front of St Thomas’ hospital at Waterloo / Southbank

2) Herefordshire doesn’t disappoint

Croft Castle, Herefordshire
Croft Castle, Herefordshire

3) No artist can beat nature

Boston Ivy caught midway through turning a blazing red on a building just outside of East Croydon Station - caught in a split second on the train on my way home (thus the wonk!)
Boston Ivy caught midway through turning a blazing red on a building just outside of East Croydon Station – caught in a split second on the train on my way home (thus the wonk and blur!)

4) Sometimes, what people do can still make you smile

What I think is the late flower of Clematis 'Nelly Moser' in October in a community planting on a pavement on Clapham Manor Street in October
What I think is the late flower of Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’ in October in a community planting on a pavement on Clapham Manor Street – someone just stuck this planter in the ground to grow up a lamp post

5) Magic still exists

A trees roots growing over a mass pile of gravestones in St Pancras Gardens cemetry
A tree’s roots growing over a mass pile of gravestones in St Pancras Gardens cemetery

6) I can breathe!

Clapham Common always looks beautiful
Clapham Common always looks beautiful

7) I wonder if someone intentionally positioned that fence to frame the line of trees?

Chelsea Pensioners' Royal Hospital Chelsea
Chelsea Pensioners’ Royal Hospital Chelsea

8) You can’t really describe why they’re so majestic

Bought for a fiver, some stunning Helianthus annus from Columbia Road Flower Market
Bought for a fiver, some stunning Helianthus annuus from Columbia Road Flower Market

9) I’ll come back here

At the peak of Richmond Park
At the peak of Richmond Park

10) Someone created this space

St George's Gardens, King's Cross - this seating area caught my eye
St George’s Gardens, King’s Cross – this seating area caught my eye

11) Ooh, you can have water up against an external wall

Open House Weekend, a modern Clapham mansion courtyard with man made stream water feature
Open House Weekend, a modern Clapham mansion courtyard with man made stream water feature

12) Nature

A big mushroom
A big mushroom

13) Such a weird flower

Passiflora 'Purple Rain' on a railing of Clapham Manor Primary School
Passiflora ‘Purple Rain’ on a railing of Clapham Manor Primary School

14) In a dream

A view across the Kent countryside
A view across the Kent countryside

15) Soak it in while you can

A vibrant Dahlia in Kent
A vibrant (if a little munched) Dahlia in Kent

16) Transported to the 17th century

Knot garden at the Garden Museum by Waterloo / Southbank
Knot garden at the Garden Museum by Waterloo / Southbank

17) Could stay here all day

Immaculate kept plants leading to a secret garden
Immaculately kept trees leading to a secret garden

18) Should probably look up at trees more

Very black bark against light leaves - I can't actually remember where this is, but I think it was Clapham South
Very black bark against light leaves shows off the structure – I can’t actually remember where this is, but I think it was Clapham South

19) Trees are so odd

Monoecious gymnosperm in action
Monoecious gymnosperm in action. Can you see both the male and female reproductive organs? Same tree.

20) I wonder if this is the main cause of hay fever

Give it a bash and... pollen anyone?
Give it a bash and… pollen anyone?

21) Increased respect for apples

Apples! At Wisley
Apples! At Wisley

22) Feel like I shouldn’t be allowed in here

RHS trials field at Wisley, where all the best plants are selected and rubber stamped
RHS trials field at Wisley, where all the best plants are selected and rubber stamped (and yes, that’s a cactus)

23) As much as I like the flowers, this is all about the bark

Cyclamen in the Pinetum at RHS Wisley
Cyclamen in the Pinetum at RHS Wisley

24) How does nature create such detail?!

A very big owl
A very big owl

25) Rainbow!

A rainbow across Brighton
A rainbow across Brighton
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Jack Wallington

I'm an RHS qualified garden designer living in Clapham, London who loves growing plants and designing with them. Follow me on Twitter.

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