I’m sure I say this every year, but October really is one of my favourite months. This year however, I find myself with mixed emotions. When we moved last year, we inherited a beautiful big oak tree at the back of our garden. It was the end of October, and the leaves were well on their way to becoming mulch by the time we unloaded the boxes. Needless to say, a leaf blower was high on our list of priorities as we realised the magnitude of the issue.
Having been through winter, spring and summer; we’ve enjoyed watching the old oak transform in to a green giant
– an oasis at the bottom of our plot under which we’ve hung hammocks and swinging chairs; whiled away summer afternoons and chatted until the wee hours…truly making the most of our gnarled old friend’s inviting canopy.
Now however, as I start to feel the nip in the air. I realise with dismay that it’s time once again for our dear old chap to bear all. His neighbouring friends, whose branches overhang our garden, are joining in this naturist tradition too it seems. It starts with the acorns, the brown husks descend first, and then our guy attempts to reinvent himself across our lawn in a cascade of green bullets.
The squirrels are pretty nifty at well…squirreling away most of them (the tiny shoots in spring are proof of that), but it’s the leaves that cause the most anguish. Just when you think you’ve vacuumed up the last of them, down they rain again.
I’m praying this year that our oak hangs on just a few weeks longer for us to really appreciate the majestic gold coat in which he dons for his last hurrah. I’m not ready to see the branches bare just yet.
Putting thoughts of winter behind me, I’m going to gaze at these stunning photographs of our county in its finest red, gold and green. We asked Hampshire’s best photographers where their favourite spots for autumn colour are, and they have delivered some magnificent shots. So whether you’re blessed with arboretum style views or not… hopefully you will be inspired to head out in to the county and celebrate our wonderful trees. I’m off to give mine a hug!
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