Autumn colours…..

At this time of year I am really glad that we planted plenty of spindle and dogwood in the hedges we created when we moved here 6 years ago.  Our focus was shrubs with plenty of berries and nesting sites for birds, and neither of these two shrubs is especially good in that respect, but along with field maple they are the first to colour up in September.  And spindle – an absolute favourite from childhood country walks – is the best of all with its bright pink leaves and pink and orange fruits.  Autumn brings its own flavour as the garden changes colour and the nights draw in.  And although I lament the loss of summer, the colourful hedges and a barn owl hunting  in the garden at dusk makes the season change more than bearable.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at and her bird food company at
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