Gardens: how to grow autumn colour | Life and style | The Observer

A sulky summer can be made good by the mood of a pretty autumn; heavy dew marking the tracks of animals that have been up and about before daylight, asters catching low sunlight and windfalls lying in excess and making the air under apple trees smell of cider. The best, when still weather combines with a sharp start and then sun, will see a ramping of colour that will cause you to look beyond the confines of your garden. Motorway embankments will flare with the red of hawthorn berry and the brief but ambered Prunus avium, while street and park trees will remind you that they are capable of more than just greening. For a wonderful interlude, things are capable of taking your breath away, like blossom might at the opposite end of the growing season.

via Gardens: how to grow autumn colour | Life and style | The Observer.

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