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Autumn Leaves

On Jeremy Vine at lunchtime - are the leaves brighter this year?

For us up here it is absolutely beautiful - seems to be much more vibrant this Autumn than other years . . .

How it is with you?

Posted at 2nd Nov 2010 - 02:00PM   Posted by Westerwitch   Autumn Leaves Comments: 9

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Ivy's Avatar Same here they look like solid gold and copper and the time they stayed on the tree seems so much longer than in recent years. But there are hardly any acorns, chestnuts or walnuts on the trees. Our neighbour usually has buckets full of walnuts. This year her entire harvest were 7 nutsShocked Our apple tree usually produces tons of apples, this year there are hardly enough for a single cake. Hope this means we are in for a mild winter, because otherwise we will have to feed birds and squirrels to save them from starving. Just came in from raking up some of the golden leaves but there are still plenty on the trees around here. Normally they are gone by the beginning of November.

Posted by: Ivy on 2nd Nov 2010 at 02:12PM

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Faith's Avatar My daughter's tree had tons of apples, Ivy, and I do mean that! I agree about the wonderful colours, I was only thinking that today. What a blessing!

Posted by: Faith on 2nd Nov 2010 at 03:25PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Trees in this country have mostly born a big crop, I believe. Our Beech tree has a huge amount which drives us mad as the mast falls on the lawn and is very hard, so damages the mower. It is difficult to sweep up. Also they tend to grow here and there Rolling Eyes
The colours here are better than they have been for many a year - I think it is due to the hard winter, as, I am told, the heavy crops are. The forecasting of a hard winter to come is one of those old wives tales.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 2nd Nov 2010 at 05:33PM

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Fennie's Avatar I think that the autumn colours have been getting steadily brighter all my life. Maybe it has to do with global warming. People used to talk about having to go to Canada to see a wonderful Fall; but these years you would think, why bother? Our trees are as good as their trees if you discount the maple syrup.

(And why incidentally does no-one make Sycamore syrup?)

Posted by: Fennie on 2nd Nov 2010 at 06:03PM

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Pimsonthelawn's Avatar The yellow toned leaves seem brighter this year, apparently its a Mast year, meaning abundance of all fruits seeds etc.
this happens after a hard winter, dry spring and a warm summer, not sure about the warm summer bit though.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 2nd Nov 2010 at 06:34PM

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Ivy's Avatar Hm clocks must be ticking backwards here in Germany. Last year we had acorns more and each one bigger than I have ever seen, the fruit trees mass produced as did the nut trees and we had the longest and snowiest winter for at least 20 years. Here the saying goes that before a strong winter nature is preparing with an abundance not afterwards but maybe that's because we are on the continent. ets see what the winter brings we can't influence it anyway.

Posted by: Ivy on 2nd Nov 2010 at 09:39PM

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Cait's Avatar Yes they are so beautiful round here also. I mentioned it in my blog, is it something to do with the weather, frosts etc? They were unremarkable last year.

Posted by: Cait on 2nd Nov 2010 at 10:39PM

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Camilla's Avatar I thought this too Westerwitch, we have so many more gorgeous autumn brighter leaves this year, and our apple tree is so heavily laden with fruit more than it's ever been.

Posted by: Camilla on 3rd Nov 2010 at 01:02AM

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Ivy's Avatar I also noticed that the order of trees loosing their foliage is upside down this year. Usually the cherry tree looses it's leaves first and the beech and the oaks are last. The beech still has all the golden leaves as has the cherry tree but the oak is almost naked. Over night the garden is covered in leaves again after I raked them up yesterday the garden looks worse than yesterday morning. We had a storm last night and now the pretty sight is almost gone. The apple tree is almost naked and the lack of leaves displays that there isn't
a single fruit left on and that makes my harvest this year 18 apples , 15 too bitten by insects for human consumption.Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Ivy on 3rd Nov 2010 at 07:08AM

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