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Hints of Autumn

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Lisagran Sun 18-Aug-19 21:55:59

I like all the seasons for different reasons, but I do love Autumn! Today, in the garden, there were a few signs that Autumn is on its way - sedums starting to colour up, Japanese anemones, Michaelmas daisies, etc. Hopefully a few more warm and sunny weeks yet though!

NfkDumpling Sun 18-Aug-19 22:00:24

Driving home today I noticed the leaves of some birch trees have already turned golden. Too early!

lemongrove Sun 18-Aug-19 22:03:01

Lovely arrangement Lisa.....you and your jugs again ๐Ÿ˜

lemongrove Sun 18-Aug-19 22:04:14

I have to pick flowers furtively (DH hates them going missing)
Haha.

Lisagran Sun 18-Aug-19 22:07:03

lemongrove grin

annep1 Sun 18-Aug-19 22:08:48

Lovely flowers Lisagran

EllanVannin Sun 18-Aug-19 22:20:28

Rowan trees covered in red berries ready for the birds to store. Usually a sign of a hard winter.

merlotgran Sun 18-Aug-19 22:25:32

Tawny owls, kicking their young out to fend for themselves because harvest is done and dusted.

Quite a racket at the edge of our field last night. A lot of Too Witting and Too Wooing scrapping going on.

Squiffy Sun 18-Aug-19 22:33:52

Definitely noticed an autumnal nip in the air in the evening.

BradfordLass72 Sun 18-Aug-19 22:42:31

Gosh, harvest must come early these days.

It's only mid-August, everyone should still be sunning themselves on beaches smile

I remember Harvest Festival was always in September.
Is that because GM crops mature early?

Callistemon Sun 18-Aug-19 22:54:10

Definitely not BradfordLass!! We don't grow GM crops here except as experiments and import a limited amount for animal feed.

Farmers have generally always harvested cereal crops in August - that is why we have the traditional long school holidays then, so that children could help in days gone by.

Fruit, some vegetables eg pumpkins, ripen later so apples etc are harvested in September, October and the Harvest Festival is after all is 'safely gathered in'.

Just when you think it feels autumnal the temperature is set to go up again next weekend.

Callistemon Sun 18-Aug-19 22:56:05

Harvest Festivals are around the time of the nearest full moon to the autumn equinox.

rosecarmel Mon 19-Aug-19 02:48:09

Cooler evenings and changing leaves here too- Starlings have begun to gather and I haven't seen any oriole for weeks- Hummingbirds are feeding heavily as are bees-

BlueBelle Mon 19-Aug-19 04:09:29

I m hanging onto my shorts, weather reports are next three weeks to be nice warm and summery the only reason I fear autumn is the thought of winter taking over
What made you think we had genetically modified crops bradfordlass most people are against them here Do you have them over there?

absent Mon 19-Aug-19 05:57:24

I, too, love the colours of Autumn, but where I live, I am really looking forward to Spring after a very wet and quite chilly Winter.

Sara65 Mon 19-Aug-19 06:18:29

Had the first ๐Ÿ•ทof the season at the weekend, me my daughter three grandchildren in screaming hysterics, two marginally braver sent to vacuum it up.

Autumn definitely on the way!

sodapop Mon 19-Aug-19 08:54:13

Definitely an autumnal feel to the air when I walked the dogs this morning. Lovely, absolutely my favourite season. Hopefully the flies which have been a really big problem this year will disappear.

Lupatria Mon 19-Aug-19 10:31:43

down here in dorset it's still summer although the days are getting a little shorter. weather forecast for the week shows not a drop of rain.

Wren5 Mon 19-Aug-19 10:42:12

Beautiful bouquet Lisagran smile..

grandtanteJE65 Mon 19-Aug-19 10:49:36

Unfortunately, the first sign of Autumn here has been three weeks of blinding rain and the forecast is for more rain!

polnan Mon 19-Aug-19 10:53:12

October weather imo winds and cool, and rain..

In August!

Camelotclub Mon 19-Aug-19 10:56:46

merlotgran
I love owls. Wish I could have heard them. Only hear them here in dead of a winter's night if I wake up at 3am!

HannahLoisLuke Mon 19-Aug-19 10:58:17

Oh no! I'm still waiting for summer. Two very hot days in July isn't enough.

Diggingdoris Mon 19-Aug-19 11:11:53

I had considered putting away the summer clothes as it's been chilly this last week.(cardis in full use). But the weather man says it could be back to 27 degrees by Friday, so maybe it's not quite autumn yet.

GabriellaG54 Mon 19-Aug-19 11:22:09

Another simply beautiful arrangement Lisagran, far nicer than bought flowers.
I do sometimes wish I had a bigger garden but will plant the small plot with plenty of autumn colour such as dogwood.
Can you recommend any small bushes to go in half barrel tubs? Something that looks good all year round. smile Thank you.

GabriellaG54 Mon 19-Aug-19 11:27:07

Camelotclub
Owls...๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿฆ‰ my favourite.
I had a wonderful 3 hour experience with owls via a Groupon gift card.
I'm tempted to say it was a hoot but that would make me a twit twoooo ๐Ÿ˜‚

Craftycat Mon 19-Aug-19 11:41:16

Never liked Autumn- everything is dying.
I love Spring when everything is coming alive again.

Squiffy Mon 19-Aug-19 12:02:42

Gabriella Euonymus and hebes are evergreen shrubs and come in different sizes (+ easily pruned if necessary!). There are variegated types, too. Hebes flower in Spring. Easy peasy to look after - always a bonus!

Lisagran Mon 19-Aug-19 12:05:18

Thanks, Gabriella. Daphne Odora is a lovely scented shrub (2). Abelias are quite pretty - especially the darker leaved ones (2). Hebes are easy and useful too (3). Probably best to cultivate (see what I did there grin) a good relationship with a local small nursery and get advice from them as to whatโ€™s good to grow in your area?

Lisagran Mon 19-Aug-19 12:12:26

Abelia is pic 1

Scribbles Mon 19-Aug-19 12:26:18

The farm shop is stacked up with plums, marrows and parsnips and there's a distinct coolness to the early morning air.

Whitewavemark2 Mon 19-Aug-19 12:29:13

Birds getting their winter plumage. Noisy black-headed gulls no longer black.

Aepgirl Mon 19-Aug-19 12:38:50

Yes, my Acer is changing from green to orange.

Anrol Mon 19-Aug-19 13:08:43

The birds begin to sing different songs as summer comes to an end and the robins start to sing their beautiful lilting song again after being quiet for several weeks.

GabriellaG54 Mon 19-Aug-19 13:21:04

Thanks girls ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Squiffy and Lisagran
I'll take those photos and suggestions to the garden centre tomorrow and place an order.
I just love Autumn. ๐Ÿฆ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

GabriellaG54 Mon 19-Aug-19 13:25:07

Scribbles
I must look at my local farm shop when at the nursery tomorrow.
It's exciting to look forward to plum cobbler with custard and warming home-made soups. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‹

Namsnanny Mon 19-Aug-19 13:30:38

I posted on the garden thread, I've already bought and planted my first spring bulbs!

That's always a sign of the year moving on.

I tend to wait until they reduce the price later on in the year, but daffs gave a poor display this spring, so I thought I'd get going early to see if they do better next spring.

Musicgirl Mon 19-Aug-19 13:58:05

I love Autumn. As l have spent all my life being governed by school terms l always feel as if September is the real start of the year. The smells and colours of autumn are amazing and it is often still quite warm but l love the nip in the air that often comes with it. For many years l had reduced hearing due to mastoid problems. I did not know that leaves on the ground made a noise as you walk through them but a miracle operation has meant that l can experience this for myself now and l am like a five year old crunching through the leaves. There is only one problem with Autumn. September and October are usually glorious but they give way to November, which, alongside January has to be the dreariest month of the year.

tiredoldwoman Mon 19-Aug-19 14:16:56

I heard geese flying over last week , then this morning the first of the enormous spiders was high on the wall - he's up Henry now .

Nanny41 Mon 19-Aug-19 16:03:08

Heather flowering, silver birches turning yellow, tomato plants finished bearing fruit, lots of signs of early Autumn this year,hey its only the middle of August.

Coolgran65 Mon 19-Aug-19 16:11:36

My japanese anemones are beautiful growing just outside the lounge window. Rowan berries are colouring and Iโ€™m about to switch on the heating for an hour.

winterwhite Mon 19-Aug-19 16:34:24

DH uses the (Yorkshire?) expression 'back-endish' which annoys me because it sounds so depressing and seems to wish away the last of summer. September can be a lovely month in the garden and the kitchen but I still associate it with going back to hateful school.

Nannyxthree Mon 19-Aug-19 17:27:36

Helping to sew- in name tapes in school clothing soon so autumn must be near. Also filling the freezer with home grown fruit and veg.

Foxyfred Mon 19-Aug-19 18:30:03

I love the scent of Autumn. It is my favorite time of the year. Got married end October 1972. The sun was shining. The colours stunning and leaves on the ground. We were lucky I guess. Could have been so different.

phoenix Mon 19-Aug-19 18:32:26

The abundance of berries is an indication of the season past, not the one to come!

Sheilasue Mon 19-Aug-19 19:09:23

loads of blackberries in our local meadow.

Harris27 Mon 19-Aug-19 19:12:35

Theres definitely a nip in the air in the ne. I do love our changing seasons though the dark nights sometimes depress me!

Barmeyoldbat Mon 19-Aug-19 19:25:14

I just love Autumn and noticed last week when I was out on my bike the signs and feel of ofAutumn coming. We are going to go blackberry picking over the next few weeks, plenty around here.

I love to make blackberry wine and crumble, hopeless at making jam even with a jam maker.

Ohmother Mon 19-Aug-19 19:28:20

I LOVE autumn. I made a friend laugh when I told her I thought spring was a bit โ€˜tweeโ€™. ๐Ÿ˜‚

pinkquartz Mon 19-Aug-19 20:32:56

It does indeed feel like autumn and it never used to be, not in August......it used to be summer.
I do like this weather though. Warm sunshine better than too hot.

Lioness68 Mon 19-Aug-19 21:52:51

I love autumn, I was born in September. Our eldest grandson is an October baby and youngest son is getting married in October this year (on his nephew's 25th birthday). The wedding is at the church that the bride's parents go to and the reception is at a hotel in Sefton Park her in Liverpool. We are hoping for lots of autumn colours for the photos.

Lioness68 Mon 19-Aug-19 21:53:35

Here, not her.

gillybob Mon 19-Aug-19 21:56:25

The summer hasnโ€™t reached the North East yet, so please stop this talk about Autumn grin

gillybob Mon 19-Aug-19 21:57:11

Beautiful flowers arrangement Lisagran you are very talented . smile

shirleyhick Mon 19-Aug-19 22:04:42

Lovely flowers Lisagran I always look forward to Autumn

NanKate Mon 19-Aug-19 22:14:56

Another Autumn lover here. My birthday is in September and I got married in October, so 2 things to celebrate.

I love warm days in September followed by chillier evenings. We often get this in the South East. I feel sorry for those further north who have not had much of a summer.

Rosina Mon 19-Aug-19 22:17:42

I love autumn with a passion; the sunlight is golden and warm on the skin, the air is fresh and cool, and from time to time I can smell burning leaves. I can't wait for the glorious tints in the garden - roll on September!

GabriellaG54 Tue 20-Aug-19 09:40:24

Ah...Sefton Park, the boating lake, I remember it well. grin
I attended a wedding in 2014 held in the Palm House. It was a magical day.
I used to visit a lot as a child and Liverpool has looked after it's green spaces very well indeed.
Now you can hire city bikes to ride through the park and download the app which tells you the nearest bike stands, liked and cafes.
At any time of year it's a beautiful place to be.
Visit Liverpool ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

GabriellaG54 Tue 20-Aug-19 09:41:17

liked loos

Grandma70s Tue 20-Aug-19 10:04:49

Iโ€™m another who loves Autumn. There's always a magic moment when everything looks slightly gilded, and you know autumnโ€™s here.

I always loved the return to school after the long summer holiday, with the excitement of being in a new form or even a new school. I loved harvest festival, in the days when there was fruit, vegetables and flowers, not rows of tins and loo rolls!

I was married in September and my first child was born in September.

123kitty Tue 20-Aug-19 21:03:17

Braddock on

123kitty Tue 20-Aug-19 21:04:35

What? Don't know who Braddock is (not in my bed). Bedsocks on.

Scribbles Fri 23-Aug-19 17:44:02

Another sign of autumn: the GP surgery phoned this morning and offered me an appointment for flu vaccination.

TwiceAsNice Fri 23-Aug-19 18:11:36

No Autumn yet please. Itโ€™s boiling here in Surrey. Am hot in just a vest top and shorts. Donโ€™t mind Autumn but donโ€™t like it when it creeps into Winter I am a Summer girl!