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Autumn Colour

Written by John James, posted on Thursday, November 7, 2019

As the weather transforms slowly from summer to winter, there is an increasing amount of interest in the gardens from autumn colour in its many forms.

The autumn colour typical of leaves before they drop is actually present throughout the year, but only becomes visible as the chlorophyll (green pigment) declines in the leaf leaving the other colours to shine through before the leaves fall.

Although autumn colour in its broadest sense is usually applied to leaves, it can equally well come from fruit and any late flowers. This year there has been an abundant crop of fruit and berries. I am sure many will say that this is forecasting a bad winter, but in my view, it is more of a reflection of good conditions when the fruit set.

The gallery of 35 images, below, shows highlights from around the Gardens and Meadow: