As a nurseryman selling barerooted plants and trees, the onset of autumn is always exciting.
Nerve-racking too, as autumn brings the bareroot planting season with it, and the weather plays an enormous part in determining how well the season gets going.
Too warm and the plants need to stay in the ground longer despite the baying of waiting customers.
Too cold and the ground is frozen and trees and hedging cannot be lifted at all, let alone planted.
But too wet is the grower’s dread.