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Autumn leaves

Luciana Skidmore, Garden Trainee , 12 November 2019

With light and warm days of Summer being now a sweet memory we invite Autumn in with all its glory and grandeur. The leaves of the trees turning gold, orange and red create a feeling of warmth within comforting us and adapting our minds to the colder months ahead.

This year has been particularly different to me. I have been spending more days outdoors working in the garden, going for walks and being close to nature. This lifestyle change has been so beneficial both physically and mentally that I now welcome Autumn with different eyes. I remember when I used to dread this time of the year and would close myself into my cocoon thinking why don’t humans hibernate? But Autumn has so much to offer if we only challenge ourselves to spend more time in contact with nature.

The crispness of the air, the fallen leaves on the floor, the golden hues of the trees and the soft and delicate light can be only appreciated if we venture ourselves out of our comfort zones.

St Fagans Museum is a wonderful place to visit at this time of the year. The magnificent variety of trees changing colour and creating a crunchy carpet of leaves is the perfect invitation for a long walk.

There is one garden located on the terraced path near the ponds that was specifically designed with Autumn colours in mind. There you can find the bright red Euonymus alatus known as “Winged Spindle” or “Burning Bush”, the oriental Acer palmatum, the beautiful red berries of the Cotoneaster horizontalis and other amazing varieties in a beautiful display of colour. This garden is embraced by the gigantic Fern-leaved Beech (Fagus salvatica ‘Aspleniiflora’) one of the oldest trees planted in the Museum dating back to 1872.

If you enjoy gardening there are plenty of tasks that will keep you warm and busy at this time of the year. The joys of planting bulbs with great expectations for Spring or the meditative task of sweeping leaves and gathering them to make leaf mould. Also the perfect time for planting trees as they will have plenty of moisture available to get established.

So wrap up warm, get your wellies or winter boots on and explore the wonderful natural sites that bless the Welsh land.


Gwen Williams
14 November 2019, 14:16
Another delightful article on your blog Luciana. I must say I agree with you about the colours of Autumn - it's almost like a last valiant attempt at producing colour and vibrancy before the greys and whites of Winter. You have highlighted some of my favourite trees and shrubs - beautiful.
Dario Gonzaga de Oliveira
13 November 2019, 16:29
Que bela publicação. Muito bom este texto, Um Museu, junto com este belo parque. Tudo muito lindo. Fico muito orgulhoso de você estar participando de tudo isso. Bom trabalho para você, estamos com muita saudades!!!!!
Dalva de Oliveira
13 November 2019, 09:47
Amei este blog! Congratulations Luciana!
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