This is going to be one of those cathartic posts because I feel the need to admit something.
I don’t like Autumn.
There… I said it. I don’t like Autumn… It’s just not one of my favourite seasons. Now, I’m not an idiot, I understand it has its place in the circle of life and nature does not care about my feelings on the matter.
So why do I feel this way? I’ll put fair money it’s that I suffer to a small degree from SAD and also the fact that, in the majority, all we see in nature at this time of year is the decline of life. The leaves are falling off the trees, summer annuals are ending, lots of animals are either hibernating or moving to warmer climates or ending their life cycle after securing the eggs for the next generation. All we can do is to hope for the spring.
Now that’s not to say that there isn’t some beauty out there at this time of year, if you follow my twitter you will know that I post pics of Fungi as I see them. There are also a lot of bushes with tons of berries on them. Pyracantha, Holly, Snowberries, Mahonia and Berberis to list only a small bunch of them, they are all pretty to look at and will bring in birds to your garden in the colder part of the year. But I find that I have to almost go looking for this beauty, while during spring and summer its all around me.
Another thing I don’t like about Autumn is the cold, the wet and the wind. I don’t mind being cold. I don’t even really mind the wind. But the cold, wet wind is just… Well. You get the idea. >.>
A knock on effect of that is that the ground is sopping now. If you walk on grass. which you have to do to get anything done, it almost instantly turns to mud.
Another problem I have this year is that Autumn has done a real number on my greenhouse. The plastic has been ripped in multiple places and I can’t see any way to repair it apart from buying some more sheeting and totally re-covering it.
Thankfully my in-laws had already offered me their old greenhouse a month or so ago (Thanks again, guys!), so rather than having both going at once, which I originally hoped for, I will have to settle with only having one bigger one.
One thing occurs to me as I am typing this though. I may look to changing the frame into a couple of cloches and maybe a frame for some summer berries (I have a blackberry I’d love to train up!)