Yesterday morning brought the unexpected sight of thick flakes of snow swirling around outside and settling where they fell. Despite continuing for at least an hour this was the full extend of the covering and although temperatures barely rose above 4°C all day even this was soon gone. It was this same time last year that brought several days of bitterly cold weather and although temperatures have been low for several days they are set to go even lower nextweekend. It’s far too early to guess what kind of winter it will be, and along with the garden we will just have to take it as it comes.
This week we also took several hours of 40+ mph winds and I came back from a couple of days with Elder Daughter and the Poppet to find that most of the trees had largely been stripped of their leaves which up to now had been a slow and long drawn out process:
The conical tree on the right is the evergreen variegated holly and the dense green below the largest tree (our neighbour’s beech) is ivy, growing on an old and deceased plum tree. The consequences of leaves leaving the tress is, of course, leaves appearing elsewhere:
A few hours work sweeping and bagging by myself and the Golfer and a trial re-use of the leaf blower/vacuum that has been in the loft for a number of years has seen most of the leaves (but not those in the woodland or woodland edge border, which are left to break down in situ) bagged up to be used as leaf mould in due course.
I was intending to write a nominal foliage post to link with Christina’s Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, and I suppose this it, as the foliage that currently makes the greatest impact in the garden is that of fallen leaves. Once fallen leaves are removed from the borders and frosted leaves and stems – another foliage feature – are trimmed, then compost can be spread, overwintering plants mulched and most of the borders tucked up in bed for the winter. Just as it was with the cutting beds last week, there is a substantial element of satisfaction in completing these seasonal jobs