The colour of the Virginia creeper on my pergola is magnificent as are all the shades of autumn around us at this time of year. I know I have to go out and tidy the fallen leaves up, there’s bulbs to be planted and there’s pruning to be done but it is very wet and my thoughts are turning to indoor winter activities as I watch the autumn leaves falling off the trees. The hedgerows are loaded with hips and haws and there is a very busy squirrel running around the garden burying his winter supplies. There will be lots of little oak trees for me to dig up next year.
During the war when there was no oranges or lemons being imported the country had to find an alternative source of Vitamin C to give to the children and so they paid people to collect rosehips, which were then turned into rosehip syrup. Rosehip syrup was a cure all in our house in the 50’s and at this time of year rosehips were collected, boiled up and we were never short of a bit of Vitamin C over the winter months.
You can buy it in a bottle now very cheaply so I’ll leave them to the birds.