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Endo fo the Leaves?

What a difference a week makes in gardening!  Yes in the spring you can usually see a difference in plant growth but this week has seen a dramatic change.


I frequently drive along the Doddinghurst road and last week the trees were full of the most beautiful autumn colour. I mentioned on my show last week that the autumn colour would stay on until we had wind and rain.


Well just a week later and the landscape along that road has changed dramatically with no leaves on the trees!  Of course this week we had wind, rain and over the last few night a sharp cold spell. All destined to make the leaves drop. So get out and kick the leaves on the ground, the smell of decomposing leaves is gorgeous and every type of leaf has a different smell. If you feel a bit self conscious about kicking the leaves, borrow a child!


It’s not all bad news for us gardeners. With the leaves dropped we can see the berries that were hidden. Every conceivable colour is showing now, from the white snowberry (Symphoricarpus) the yellow through to reds and russets of crab apples (Malus) to the purple of the Calliarpa.


If you go to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley gardens in Surrey you can pick up a visitor map called The Ornamental Harvest Trail and it guides you to all those plants with either berries, fruit or seed heads.


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