A golden opportunity
Leaf peeping – no, don’t laugh – is a recognised hobby for many people around the world. In places like Connecticut, US, and parts of New Zealand, tourists obsess and delight at autumnal hues as greens change to orange, red and russet. I often comment on the delight of living in a part of the world where there are four distinct seasons and autumn is so well defined by the changes in leaf colour.
This happens when chlorophyll production slows down in preparation for the trees going into hibernation, allowing other colours already present in the leaves – oranges and yellows – to become visible.
By all accounts, due to the wonderful sunny nature of our summer just gone, we are in for a treat this autumn. Why is this? Long periods of sun create more sugar content in the leaf tissues resulting in more anthocyanins, a chemical compound that produces those wonderful vivid reds and scarlets. However, while it maybe a spectacular show, it will be short. Trees were also stressed by the drought and will drop their leaves quickly as a result.
Britain has many great gardens and due to the nation’s relative prosperity, trees from many different countries have been planted here for many
Autumn’s blaze of colour is set to be spectacular – here’s where to enjoy it