Most of the broadleaf trees round us, barring the oaks, are just clinging on to the last few leaves. I did (what I assume will be) the last raking of the car park today. The ginkgo has dropped its leaves rapidly since my plant of the month post.
Bye-bye pretty leaves.
The Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum), as always, is later than the broadleaf trees and I have found myself raking up just before the staff Christmas dinner in previous years. Considering tonight’s forecast was for wind I didn’t bother raking up today and will do it tomorrow. The needles are a lovely russet colour, similar to the brickwork of the tower:
I feel very much like Winter is really just round the corner now. Question is… is it carrying an ice pick? What will it do with it? Have I been reading too many murder mysteries? Who knows?
And just for a change, a sprinkling of unexpected blossom:
This Prunus flowers from about now with a sprinkling of blossom throughout the cold months, it’s never very generous but always pretty. I wish I knew for certain what it is but suspect ‘Autumnalis’. It has beautiful autumn leaves too – flaming yellows and reds.
Onwards! Into winter…