The Changing Seasons

Monday, September 3rd 2018

Much was made on Saturday of the 1st September being the start of Autumn in the meteorological calendar and how the weather was going to remain warm and sunny despite this.  Today it really does feel like the seasons have moved on and there is definitely an autumnal feel in the air, especially once the rain set in at lunchtime.  Despite this, we have had some hardy visitors in today including one lady on her first visit who, despite looking a touch bedraggled, declared that Foxglove is "marvellous!".

The first signs of Autumn are now starting to show and the Beech trees are turning yellow.  Having worked on the north coast of Cornwall for over 10 years, I am still delighted by the changing colours at this time of year in North Yorkshire, as there the winds at this time of year strengthen and most of the leaves disappear from the trees before there is any real time to change colour. 

The hot weather of the last few months has clearly had an effect on fruit and the Apple trees at Foxglove are all well laden.  The same can be said for Blackberry, Blackthorn and Hawthorn.

As the Swallows are gathering on the old Hawthorn trees near to Plovers Pool, preparing for their migration to South Africa, other trees are also showing signs of changing colour and the Red Oak next to the Field Centre is promising to be very colourful in the near future.

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