The Autumn colour show.

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I love the colours of this time of year…Summer’s pastels are gone to be replaced by vibrant reds, yellows and oranges.  While we admire the colour show there’s a lot going on within the trees, shrubs and flowers at this time of year. Before they go into hibernation plants reabsorb the valuable nutrients from the leaves. Chlorophyll… the pigment that that gives leaves their colour is one of the first nutrients to be reabsorbed…which is how we get this wonderful colour show.

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On the lane the Ash and Hawthorn have already lost their leaves. These will be collected and left to break down over the Winter for use in the garden next year.  Free soil nourishment from Nature.

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These Gooseberries which are being brought on in the polytunnel have turned a beautiful shade of pink. They are cuttings I took in the walled garden at Lissadell 2 years ago. Delicious black Gooseberries on a hot Summer day prompted me to sneak a few cuttings.  They will be planted out in their final position next Spring.

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Cocks Comb Amaranth has been brought indoors to dry…still vibrant pink after the long Summer.

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It’s seeds have been saved to start the cycle all over again next year.

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Sycamore looks so lovely in it’s temporary Autumn dress of yellow.

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Guelder Rose has lost most of it’s leaves but the fabulous bright berries are shining bright like premature Christmas baubles.

The name Guelder comes from Gueldersland…a Dutch province…where the tree was first cultivated. Apparently the berries are edible when cooked. Lots of sugar or honey is needed to mask the peculiar taste.  They were used to make cough medicines in the past. Don’t think I’ll bother with those!

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The circular leaf of the Darmera is just spectacular…so many colours in there. Soon it will die down completely…ready to reemerge fresh and new next Spring. The cycle of life to begin anew.

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17 Responses to “The Autumn colour show.”

  1. cathsveggies1 October 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Beautiful !!! I love the autumn colours 🙂

    • bridget October 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      Me too…so rich and varied.

  2. Jane October 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Our colours were not so good this year. That’s two years in a row…last year it was too hot…this year too cold. Sounds like Goldilock’s porridge.
    Jane x

    • bridget October 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      Maybe next year will be the lucky one…

  3. Ogee October 24, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    A beautiful fall on display!

  4. cindyricksgers October 24, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    Beautiful photos and great information as well! A good account of the cycles in the growing seasons…thanks, Bridget!

    • bridget October 24, 2013 at 8:04 am #

      Hi Cindy!So aware of the changing cycles at this time. Of course it is almost that time of the old Celtic New Year.

  5. Anny October 24, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    Our display seems muted this year too – the horse chestnuts seemed to miss out gold completely and go straight from green to dusty brown, still my favourite time of year though. Glad yours is more varied.

    • bridget October 24, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      This year has been great because of the good weather. Other years the leaves just get blown off by strong winds.

  6. Christina October 24, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Ah! autumn that bitter sweet season; here it gives us first a second spring before slowing slipping into winter which might arrive anytime between November and the end of December. They were growing the Cocks Comb Amaranth at Le Manior aux Quat’ Sasions

  7. June October 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Glorious colours are on display at yours, Bridget. Ours…not as vivid, this year. Autumn iwill always be my absolute favourite time of year…I only wish it would last a bit longer before winter knocks on our doors.

  8. elaine October 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    I love the colours of autumn especially on a sunny day where they are so vibrant – the neverending circle of life and death.

  9. Anne Wilson October 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    The photos are lovely, so much colour, there seems to be far more colour this year, even the blackberry leaves are turning bright red. Just such a beautiful time of year.

  10. Rambling Woods October 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    This is beautiful and I need to turn my attention ahead to everything that nature so carefully prepares for next spring… Michelle

    • bridget October 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      It will all be there for you…waiting.

  11. Mominthegarden November 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    The cocks comb amaranth is fabulous! Is that an annual or perennial? Lovely post!

    • bridget November 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

      It is an annual but is easily grown from seed. I have saved seed from this one I got from a friend to grow more next year.

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