I reckon we are about 3/4 of the way through sweeping up all our leaves, when I look up into the canopy, I can see so many more leaves that are just waiting to drop into the garden. Please don’t misunderstand me, I love my trees a lot, I think they were the real reason why we bought this house. I love their age, their huge trunks, the patterns they make against the sky, watching the squirrels dashing about , leaping from branch to branch, listening to the owls that call in the night while sitting in the branches, and being able to grow clematis and roses up them so that the trees look as if they are flowering in the summer with a waterfall of colour.
Here we have the two oaks that shed their leaves onto the back lawn, the one on the left is ours and the one on the right belongs to our neighbour. These leaves are just waiting to drop.
This is the back lawn before I started to sweep them up. All the time I was busy I could hear them pitter pattering down beside me, I’ve never known the leaves to be so dry before.
The leaves are 95% from the oaks, but it is also farewell to Acer Osakazuki as well, see you next year, hopefully as bright as this year.
Half of the back lawn done, time for a coffee!
All that is left now is to carry them through to a corner of the woodland, to rot down into lovely dark leaf mould. It’s nice to see the grass looking green again.
Not very good, but the pile on the right is the one that we are making this year, the pile on the left where it is a bit darker, is 2 yrs old.
Just removing the top layer of leaves which have fallen this year, shows the lovely dark, crumbly texture of the leaf mould which we will soon be able to spread round all the snowdrops and hellebores.
So, the big sweep might be a bit arduous, but I keep telling myself that its all good for the waistline as well as the special plants in the woodland. I now have just the rest of the lawn to sweep up now, round by the field and the circle by the bog garden, thank goodness the under gardener is now back home, so I will get some help!