Tuesday View (October 29th)

Where have all the leaves gone?!


Well, a lot have already been raked up, a load that was dumped in our front drive by the wind on Sunday has also been tidied away, and the green sack in the lower right-hand corner of the photo contains another load! (The compost heap is looking very autumnal!)


The ground on this side of the rockery now has a thick winter blanket to protect it over the winter, and I didn’t have to lift a finger! When the last leaves come down they will be spread over the top of the rockery.

Do you cover plants with mulch/leaves etc for the winter?

42 thoughts on “Tuesday View (October 29th)

  1. The coloured fallen leaves under the trees look very attractive, like a piece of tinted lace around a cuff! I mulch the back leaves with the leaves that fall from the walnuts and mulberry, the soil is much richer now than it was when I begain this garden.

    • What a lovely image Christina. The light reflected from the leaves on the ground is welcome on a grey day like today, although the sun did come out briefly a little later on.

  2. Hey Cathy! I can see the Autumn in your yard. Very nice. πŸ˜€
    I use leaves more and more each season. I especially enjoy letting the one’s under the smaller trees of ours accumulate leaves and just leave them there to protect all the bulbs and seeds lying dormant. It is such a lovely time of year!
    Makes me want to bake. Does this season do that to you Cathy? If so send me something…. πŸ˜‰ (ps anything with chocolate) haha.
    You seem to have dropped back into my inbox….all is well.

  3. I know where the leaves are! πŸ™‚ After the storm we’re all wading in leaves. πŸ™‚
    Wow, it looks so beautiful, you did a very good job!
    Greetings from Bonn

  4. The early leaves that fall get lawn-mowered, and the rest simply stay. The wind blows them into the gardens, where they catch on the dry plants (that I don’t cut down until spring) and make a sort-of mulch…lazy gardening, at its finest!

    Glad you didn’t get damage from the Storm…my yard looks much the same as yours right now πŸ™‚

    • Sounds like my kind of gardening Marie! The storm didn’t get as far south as expected, so we just got some of the wind. Was pretty bad in the north and the UK by the sound of things.

    • Glad you get a few leaves drifting your way – that’s what makes autumn so special here. The wind dried everything up here, so ours are perfect for shuffling in!

    • I was actually looking forward to a good storm, but then I was relieved it didn’t come our way as it sounded pretty bad up north. Love the wind though!

  5. There are two very large sycamore trees next door to us and the leaves always blow into our yard. The constant raking annoys my husband but I always think the leaves look pretty! I just don’t think it is autumn without a constant sprinkle of leaves! πŸ™‚

    • The sycamores here have produced tonnes of seeds this year and I found I had a bucketful of them with hardly any leaves in while sweeping the balcony! I do love shuffling through the crunchy leaves – that and the smell of woodsmoke is what makes autumn for me!

    • Yes, pine needles are excellent insulation for winter! I trim our evergreens every November and use some for the garden and some for advent decorations. πŸ˜€

  6. Tried to comment last night Cathy but WordPress had other ideas. What a difference a week makes as they say in politics. Trying to keep up with the leaf sweeping here – bag most of what comes down to put aside for eventual leaf mould. Hope that the St. Jude’s Day storm did not do any serious damage in Bavaria when it crossed the North Sea. OK here in north west England but dreadful damage in the south of the country 😦

    • Hi Anna – I was glad that we had a bit of wind to bring down a lot of leaves in one go. We escaped thank goodness, but the north of Germany was affected badly. Keep up the raking – it’s great exercise for the heart and upper body (I’ve been told!) πŸ˜‰

  7. Leaves are gently falling here too but I do not cover plants explicitly, I let nature do the job and remove the leaves where they’re not wanted, then add them to the compst heap. The variegated grass in the bottom left corner – is it Phalaris arundinacea? Hope you’ve missed the storm or it missed you that is. πŸ˜‰

  8. I’m jealous, your fallen leaves are so pretty – here it is just wrinkled brown sycamore leaves, they were already wrinkled and brown but just clinging on when the edges of That Storm touched us and denuded most of the branches. I need to vacuum them up and then I will put them aside to rot down into leafmould – I hope to make my own seed compost eventually. I tend to use my own garden compost to mulch the borders, but only where I don’t want to encourage self seeding.

    • We’ve been lucky with colour this autumn Janet. The wind at the weekend brought most of ours down though. Seed compost is a good idea. You’ve reminded me that I have some compost that needs distributing too!

  9. What a difference in your garden, it has changed completely with its new autumn dress! The colours of autumn are so pretty, I almost, but not quite, prefer them to the fresh green of spring. Thank goodness for our changing seasons!

  10. What a beautiful autumnal view. It’s really changed now hasn’t it. The colours have suddenly just gone into those lovely warm colours. I tend to scoop up the leaves and save them for leaf mould. They rot down really easily and Adam just loves mixing up his special compost blend with them!!! πŸ™‚

    • Today it is looking quite bleak without the leaves on the trees, and no sunshine either. But a seed catalogue arrived this week… πŸ˜‰ I still have lots of compost to distribute too. Perhaps Adam will share his compost recipe one day! πŸ˜‰

  11. So pretty! I definitely cover my perennial beds in leaves…and I just ran down to the community garden plot this morning with a big bag of leaves to mulch the garlic I planted a few weeks ago. We’re expecting another round of snow tomorrow!

  12. Very pretty! I haven’t seen your Tuesday at Two photos for a couple of weeks. I love how you are using leaves as your mulch. I’m doing that this year too instead of raking them and composting. I usually buy mulch or compost and spread it in early November but this year I’m going for straight leaves as a winter mulch.

    • The leaves are now being rained on and settling into their winter quarters on my rockery and flower beds nicely! If it dries up next week I’ll have to rake up some from the grass to spread over the rest of the garden. Happy mulching Andrea!

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