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    Post by Derek on Thu Nov 17 2016, 14:50

    You should be so lucky, Chris, I have been picking up leaves for weeks.
    With having so much grass I try to use the lawn mower, but there were so many yesterday I raked up barrow loads, but seeing there are fields all round us I dumped them on the grass verge the other side of the road! Derek
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    Post by chris c on Fri Nov 18 2016, 21:40

    I sweep them onto the flower beds as mulch. My father used to stuff them into wire netting cages to rot down for leaf mould.

    I'm waiting for the apple tree and donkey tree to drop so I can get them cut down, they're getting too big for the garden.

    Did you get the snow yet?
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    Post by chris c on Thu Nov 24 2016, 20:56

    We're evidently in a time warp here. Only a few miles down the road in any direction and the trees and hedges are turning colour and dropping their leaves while our oaks are only just starting to go ginger.

    The Hurricane was only 19 years ago and people were saying the reason it did so much damage was because the trees were unseasonably late in leaf. Now it's nearly December and they have even more leaves. Not that long ago they would have been leafless skeletons.

    My spindle bush did good. I didn't see any berries in a nearby hedge and not many in a tree down the lane. Mine has only just started berrying, probably too young before. They are lurid pink and orange, like a child's plastic jewellery

    http://www.warrenphotographic.co.uk/photography/bigs/20761-Spindle-berries.jpg
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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Nov 25 2016, 18:37

    Wow - that is a fantastic picture you've linked to Chris

    I've repeated the link here should others not have seen it yet http://www.warrenphotographic.co.uk/photography/bigs/20761-Spindle-berries.jpg

    Berries can provide a wealth of Autumn colour ...

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Sat Nov 26 2016, 22:12

    They grow wild, mainly on the chalk, or as here, clay over chalk, and mostly avoid acid soils and sand. The leaves can go a remarkable carmine.

    I walked through some woods and heaths today, there's a lot more colour in the birches and bracken, and in the oaks going out and coming back, and some magnificent yellow maples and elms in the hedges. Yet at the same time I have four different roses still in flower.
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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Nov 30 2016, 12:39

    Yes, there are still a few flowers ... although I think that with the recent heavy frost that may be at an end.

    Our trees have now shed most of their leaves and the branches are looking very bare.
    Roll on the Spring ... Smile

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    Post by chris c on Wed Nov 30 2016, 22:02

    I thought of putting one of these in nest to my spindle bush. That'll upset the Colour Police

    http://www.irgardencentre.com/product-p/callicarpa-bodinieri-profusion.htm

    There used to be some in gardens near where I used to live, and a big one near where I worked. Round here I don't recall seeing any.
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    Post by chris c on Sat Dec 03 2016, 19:55

    Finally the oak trees here are going ginger. They'll probably still be in leaf by Christmas.
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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Dec 04 2016, 22:07

    @chris c wrote:I thought of putting one of these in nest to my spindle bush. That'll upset the Colour Police

    http://www.irgardencentre.com/product-p/callicarpa-bodinieri-profusion.htm

    There used to be some in gardens near where I used to live, and a big one near where I worked. Round here I don't recall seeing any.

    Go for it Chris ... a wonderful mix of colours
    http://www.irgardencentre.com/product-p/callicarpa-bodinieri-profusion.htm

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Mon Dec 05 2016, 20:24

    Oh I forgot the Cotoneaster Horizontalis

    http://helengazeley.typepad.co.uk/.a/6a01156f7c8ef8970c019b02cab77e970c-pi

    which looks like a fire blazing on the front wall of the house.

    Maybe if Derek would email me some of his Waxwings they'd come and eat the berries.
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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Dec 06 2016, 17:11

    Every garden should have some berries ... they look so colourful and can help many birds/nature/wildlife Smile

    At one time we had different colour dogwood in the garden - a nice leaf, which would drop - but leave colourful stems for the winter months adding a little colour to the garden.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/11103.shtml

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    Post by chris c on Wed Dec 07 2016, 21:00

    Not sure what has happened to mine, I had an ordinary boring one in the front garden that I cut back to stumps because it grew so damn fast (and collected moth caterpillars, so not all bad) and a brilliant golden one in back that looked gorgeous all winter. Currently the golden one looks more orange. The lemon leaves were good before they dropped though. I cut that one back fairly hard in spring, they're fast growers.
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    Post by chris c on Mon Dec 12 2016, 20:37

    Finally the recent rain seems to have washed most of the leaves off the oak tree out back. This is good as they mostly fell straight down onto the field and neighbours' gardens instead of being blown all over the place and up my back passage.

    I walked up a different hill over the fields recently, much as here the oaks were very variable, some had lost their leaves already and some were hanging on for dear life. It was cold enough and gloomy enough that every time I reached a corner I was telling myself "that'll do!" then deciding to go on just to the nest corner. Originally I intended to walk as far as the farmer's lake, he died recently and I'm half expecting the new owners to concrete it over, but I couldn't be arsed to go that far in the end. The benefit of walking uphill on a cold day is that it's downhill back to the car. The sunset was quite magnificent, it descended into distant banks of mist and the sky was many shades of orange.

    Back in the valley and the mist had built up into a layer of patchy fog, I had the foglights on on the car and still had to drive slowly.

    An almost total lack of pigeons, no barn owls, not even any little owls, and I could hear ferocious shooting going on in the distance. More pheasants and partridges for me!
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    Post by chris c on Wed Dec 28 2016, 22:30

    Quite astonishing to see that while most of the oaks have now become leafless there were still a few yesterday hanging on to some of their leaves. Small ones often do, as does a beech hedge round the back of the Big House, but so were some big ones. Overall this has been the latest and least colourful autumn I can remember.

    Awoke this morning to thick freezing fog. Gradually the rest of the world became visible, covered in frost, before the sun finally punched through. That'll probably do for the last remaining leaves.

    Already there are hazel and alder catkins showing well, though not dangling yet.
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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Aug 05 2018, 19:45

    Oh dear Sad

    I hate to say it, but before we know it the Autumn leaves could be falling affraid

    Do you think they will fall earlier this year due to the hot summer?

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Mon Aug 06 2018, 22:55

    Well in some places they have already fallen, they went brown and dried up and dropped off. I don't know if some of the shrubs and hedges will recover by next year or if they are completely dead.

    Some nice guelder rose berries in a nature reserve

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Viburnum_opulus_(Guelder-rose)_berries,_Hampshire_UK.jpg

    I sat on one of my favourite seats, which was chainsawed out of a tree stump, but got harassed by a hornet, something I haven't seen many of all year. Eventually I discovered they were actually nesting in the seat, but probably only just started as there weren't many of them.

    Normally they are quite friendly but I was once warned by a gardener that if you have to get rid of a nest there should be at least three of you. The second one to rescue the first if they attack and he goes down, and the third one to stay clear and ring for an ambulance if the other two both go down.

    I took the hint and moved on.
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    Post by chris c on Thu Sep 06 2018, 23:01

    There are a few more leaves down in various places but so far mostly hordes of berries, and acorns. Some of the bracken has grown humongous and is now going brown. Beside one path it was over eight feet tall and falling all over the place so the path was almost blocked. Some of the heather has burst back into flower too.
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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Sep 07 2018, 22:03

    We've had a few leaves come down, and some acorns, and some helicopters!
    Well that's what I still call them LOL!

    www.noticenature.ie/Autumn_Trees_and_Plants.html

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Mon Sep 10 2018, 22:52

    I walked on the common behind a village but there was next to naff all, except some of the heather has burst back into flower, and a March Harrier soared overhead. So I went on a much longer walk to another piece of heath, but again not much, no Dartford Wablers or Stonechats or Wailing Heath Chickens (Stone Curlews) and only one young Chiffchaff. A few hornets bumbling around and being quite friendly, lots of assorted berries including sloes, and masses of acorns, some falling/fallen and some with Knopper galls, but no Jays carrying them off to bury, as they do.

    Haven't seen any "helicopters" yet, round the quarry there are a load of Norway maples among all the sycamores but I didn't go there for a while.

    I did spot some toadstools, some boletus and another big one which I wasn't sure is edible or not. Oh well, I have some bought mushrooms, just had a huge one with my liver, bacon and broccoli.

    http://www.wildfooduk.com/mushroom-guides/
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    Post by Jan1 on Thu Sep 13 2018, 19:30

    Chris said:
    "I did spot some toadstools, some boletus and another big one which I wasn't sure is edible or not. Oh well, I have some bought mushrooms, just had a huge one with my liver, bacon and broccoli."


    Yes mushrooms and fungi are all around us during Autumn months … in fact there were several articles about it recently …

    "New edible mushrooms among thousands of recently discovered fungi "

    see more here
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/12/new-edible-mushrooms-among-thousands-of-recently-discovered-fungi

    But your liver, bacon and broccoli sounds delicious - perfect Autumn food  Smile

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    Post by chris c on Fri Sep 14 2018, 23:06

    You can smell the fungi in the woodlands. I haven't yet seen (or smelled) a stinkhorn - phallus impudicus and you can see why

    http://www.old.sozhnews.by/v-mire/2649-saharnyy-diabet-otstupaet-pered-veselkoy-obyknovennoy-v-belarusi.html

    you probably wouldn't want to eat that

    A couple of years back there were some immense puffballs in the sheep fields. at a distance they actually looked like sheep lying down.

    The sycamores and other maples have their seeds hanging but they aren't dropping yet. Ash keys too - we have had ash dieback disease in some of the woods but some trees are unaffected and it doesn't seem to have struck (yet) the farmland trees.

    My orange pyracanthus berries are spectacular, I forgot to look until I saw someone else's. There have been a few people blackberrying, but mostly old folks.

    I collected some more runner beans and ate them with the other half of the Hereford rump steak and a couple of my trademark thickly buttered oatcakes, oh and some Malbec. That refuelled me after my walk along by the river.
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    Post by Jan1 Today at 00:24

    Depending on where in the UK / World you live many are experiencing bad weather, and my thoughts go out to people / families who are affected.

    I have to say that yesterday was so different for us 'down South' !

    We had a beautiful, warm Autumn Day and there were so many people (mainly retired Smile ) who were out and about enjoying this gorgeous sunny day … the temperature was perfect.

    Will we see rain soon?
    Probably!

    Enjoy your week

    All the best Jan
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    Post by graham64 Today at 22:23

    Yes we had a nice day too quite warm but a bit breezy good time for doing some tidying up in the garden and the grass was dry enough for mowing, the next few days don't look very promising strong winds and rain forecast  Sad

    On a bright note the leylandi  across the road are being topped allowing more light into the front of the house  Cool don't think the woodpigeons are impressed though as the two nesting sites that they have been using all spring and summer have now gone  Laughing


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    Post by chris c Today at 22:31

    Yes a couple of weird days here. yesterday was almost hot with a very warm wind, today was very blowy but the wind was still quite warm, and humid. I went to the nature reserve with the hornets' nest in the seat - I sat on the other seat which was safe, and also walked down a path lined with hedges, until I came out into the open between the fields.

    As well as the usual berries there was a medlar in fruit

    https://fruitforum.wordpress.com/2009/01/01/medlar-tree-can-it-be-trained/

    weird looking things that have to be almost rotten ("bletted") to become edible.

    Elsewhere there is a wild service tree

    http://quwack.ch/6-Trockenobst-Alle-Sorten-abwechslungsreich/Elsbeere-Elsbeeren-Elsbeere-getrocknet-Elsbeeren-getrocknet-200g-Packung.html

    similarly the fruits have to rot to become edible.

    A few hawthorns, field maples, ash trees and elms showing some colour while their neighbours remain relentlessly green

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