As fast as I am sweeping up the leaves, they are still falling, but I feel I have to get out there every few days to at least try to stay on top of them. Thank goodness we have had a few days without any rain, it makes it so much easier if the leaves are dry.
I keep telling myself that sweeping up is good for the waistline, but I haven’t seen any improvement so far!
This area is all done now, these last few leaves are already stacked in a corner of the woodland.
Someone needs to comb their hair!
I’ll try to get these leaves swept up this afternoon.
This is the circular lawn at the side, looking up to the pond. The grass here is so wet as it has underground streams running underneath, as if all our rain wasn’t enough! hopefully Neil will get these leaves up when he comes this weekend.
Usually the horse chestnut leaves are the first to drop, but this time there are still plenty left.
My tall orange Acer still has a few leaves left, but they are rapidly falling.
The tall ancient oaks still have a long way to go, lots more to come down and be swept up!
Acer Osakazuki doesn’t have many leaves left, what there are seem to be freeze dried. All the brown bits, that I thought were dried leaves, are loads of little seeds. I have planted a few and will wait to see what turns up, will they have the wonderful colour of their parent maybe?
The woodland, I will get all these leaves swept up and a new mulch of leafmould put down before it is snowdrop time.
Looking the other way, rusty pheasant is still on guard duty watching over where the snakeshead fritillaries are.
But I must be careful when I come to rake the leaves up here as the snowdrops are already showing, these are Little John and will soon be in flower.
The same goes for Faringdon Double, these were in flower the first week of December last year.
Back ache made me come back inside eventually, I have cleared a lot of the leaves, maybe I will hopefully get the gravel at the back done tomorrow. I love all our huge ancient trees and the newer smaller ones, but they do cause a lot of work at this time of year. Are you busy raking loads of leaves up too?