Tree Following With Lucy: October
This month we're playing the waiting game. September's warmth means my ash tree is still clinging determinedly onto its leaves, though plenty of other trees started to shed theirs ages ago.
Autumn's come early. It's not the mellow season of poetry, but instead there's a darker crispness of leaves frazzled by the heat of summer and the record dryness of September. My ash tree's roots must run deep as it's looking relatively untroubled so far.
With the advent of October the weather's turned. The jet stream swung back over Britain from its summer station to the north, bringing lashings of rain over the weekend. It's left behind the autumnal coolness we expect at this time of the year.
I hope it's enough to let the drooping, dusty trees on our estate present a proper display of autumn colour and for my ash tree to join them in a last hurrah before it stands naked for the winter.
In previous years I've noted it's hard to pinpoint exactly when ash leaves start to turn. I look forward to this year's extra vigilance helping me find the proper signs to look out for. Tune in again in November to see how I got on.
Find out how all the other Tree Followers are faring this month over at Lucy's blog, Loose and Leafy.