October Park – still looking rather green

Magnificent-oakLast weekend I took my camera with me on a walk round the local park to photograph the seasonal changes.

Beginning-to-turnSurprisingly, autumn has been slow to arrive. I am used to living further inland, but here in Ipswich, on a clear day from the ninth floor, you can see Felixstowe down on the coast 11 miles away.

Holywells-Park-OctoberI have concluded that being closer to the sea has kept temperatures slightly warmer in the local park and hence without a run of adequately cool nights the leaves are still to significantly change colour.

So far the most noticeable change is seen in the horse chestnuts. The leaves have turned crispy and brown, and many have dropped already. Sadly, I suspect the trees are suffering from bleeding canker disease caused by  Pseudomonas syringae pv aesculi.

On a more positive note there’s still plenty of colour in the wildflower meadow drifts.

Still-bloomingAnd, self-seeded here and there, the umbels of wild angelica brighten up the shady areas edging the bottom lake.

Wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris)
Wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris) found edging the bottom lake in dappled shade.

I wasn’t the only industrious individual stalking the park, the squirrels and jays were busy collecting autumn berries and acorns.


Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

11 thoughts on “October Park – still looking rather green”

  1. Lovely pictures of a yet-to-kick-in autumn. Our chestnuts have suffered terribly. They’ve been thinking it’s autumn since July. But over the last two days or so, the season has finally begun. I hope we get our long run of autumn colour, even though it’s starting late.

  2. Thousands of miles from you, we in Philadelphia have been enjoying almost summer like weather ourselves. I think it is beginning to change, chilly and rainy to day. We have many acorns and walnuts and so on all over the ground. More than usual. Loved seeing your views and comparing them to what I see here at home.

  3. Yes, it has been very mild here too, and the trees are looking tired and wind-burned but not exactly turning. On the plus side, great economies on the heating 🙂

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