WHEN there isn’t the threat of a huge storm looming, there are more gentle reminders all round Ashbourne that autumn is upon us.
But although the signs of Autumn’s arrival are becoming increasingly obvious experts say they are later than usual this year.
Chairman of Ashbourne Field Club Arthur Williams says this year’s descent into the colder months has been noticably prolonged.
“When I was a lad, 70years ago, we usually had the first frosts in mid September.” He recalled. “Yet here we are towards the end of October and our roses, nasturtiums look as good as they did in August. Even my runner bean plants are still a vibrant green, as yet unblackened by frost.
“Although October has been rather wet, temperatures have remained high. The glorious summer seemed to favour a good harvest, and certainly produced wonderful fruits for us to enjoy.
“Our garden birds have not been very active, perhaps due to a fine crop of seeds, fruits, berries and insects. Exceptional crops of Rowan berries have had no takers, blackbirds and their kin have made no impact, the crop is now a red sludge on the pavements. No signs of winter migrants have been seen as yet.
“In the UK we take the seasons for granted, but true to form this year has had its surprises.”