Yesterday, Crafty Green Boyfriend and I had a lovely visit to Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens. ((You now no longer need to book a ticket to visit the gardens, as the booking system put in place during lockdown has been removed. Though given the high rates of infection across Scotland at the moment, i wouldn't be entirely surprised to see it put back into place in the near future).
We made friends with this lively grey squirrel
who was feeding on the sunflower seeds that we scattered
but then suddenly another squirrel arrived, along with two carrion crows
and our squirrel ran away
The pictorial meadows (which I first blogged about a month ago, here) are still looking beautiful, with a different selection of flowers in bloom compared to a month ago
and though it's been a poor year for hoverflies overall, there were plenty of hoverflies amongst these flowers, including this batman hoverfly (Myathropa florea)
Plenty of flowers are still in bloom around the gardens too, not just in the pictorial meadows, including autumn crocuses
and these lovely yellow flowers, some sort of large daisy, but I didn't check what species they were!