AUTUMN SNAPSHOT

The other day, I went for a wander around the garden, camera in hand ready to take some photos of all the gorgeous colours just starting to unfold. Instead, I decided to pick some leaves and give you a totally different Autumn snapshot. If you get a chance, look at an individual leaf..... see the way the colours change and morph into the overall beauty of Autumn.

 I think then, you will truly grasp the wonder of what Autumn has to offer.

Here is the journey of our Oak trees right now.....

The driveway is strewn with hundreds and hundreds of acorns... which get raked once a week and between us, a tedious job. But after I photographed just one..... on it's own.... I have fallen in love all over again with the little acorn.

What about the journey of the Chestnut....... they start off looking fresh with this amazing shade of lime green, they are unbelievably spiky and parrots go crazy for them..... this is what happens when they drop to the ground.....slowly slowly......

They give up their treasures. 

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As Hydrangeas fade away....

I sometimes place them into a vase without water and they go all papery and have a different beauty again...

I photographed the Liriodendron (Tulip tree) in full flower last year and I had never noticed what happened to the flower.....

They almost look like a pinecone..only really soft and parchment like. So many textures.....

The Golden Elm glows like a giant candle in the late afternoon sun...... I have so much fun (no I will not grow out of that) with the Box Elder (the pic on the right) my little helicopter seeds that flutter to the ground with a strong puff of wind. They spin and gyrate just like helicopter blades. I bring large branches of Autumn into the house.....they only last a few days and drop leaves like crazy but I don't care.

On a different note....we had a glut of Welsh Red Onions and I had heard about Crop - Swap in Robertson.  You take whatever is happening in your garden or any surplus jams/chutneys that you have made and swap away. I know that a lot of gardeners in the city and country have started this idea and it has really taken off. Check your local papers to see if you have a crop -swap going. If not why not start one!

We went with a small basket of produce....see the happy customer on the left.

I totally loved the idea of everyone placing their "produce" on the the back of a truck and also seeing what other people are growing. The truck parks in front of Rockabellas diner, and we can also enjoy a great cup of coffee, meet some really nice people and swap a few stories too.

And we left with this bounty...

I hope Autumn is a bountiful time for you too! If you need any further information on crop - swap have a look at their face book page.