The seasonal changes in the garden are moving on apace now with deciduous trees and shrubs dramatically colouring to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. Mushrooms and fungi have appeared with the rain and geese have been flying over in long, noisy skeins.
You may have noticed that the red colours are particularly strong this year. That’s because weather conditions have increased the sugars in the leaves (which make the red pigment) while the shorter days prompt the tree to break down the green chlorophyll pigments. If we have an early frost and dull, cloudy days in autumn the red pigments are also broken down leaving only the yellow pigment.