Trees like the 'Japanese Maple Acer palmatum'
bring warmth and colour to autumn
After a fine summer of hot sunny days and balmy nights, it is that time of year again.
As the nights draw in it is easy to become downhearted at the thought of the winter to come. But as the weather cools a miraculous transformation is beginning. Deciduous trees and shrubs are slowly making their preparations for dormancy by stopping the flow of fluids into their leaves.
This means that the green chlorophyll that usually masks out any other pigments present is diminished. The result is the phenomenon known as autumn colour.
A brisk walk on a chilly sunny day as the sun shines low in the sky while the countryside around you blazes with golds and reds is a breathtaking experience, and completely lifts any gloom at the passing summer.