October 2019

Well, it is officially autumn – the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, known across the pond as ‘Fall’, when the trees blaze out across the land in fiery colours all over North America.  Here we don’t have quite such a show – mostly pyracantha berries and that awful vine, which looks like a bunch of old sticks for most of the year and then bursts into colour for a few weeks – ‘Virginia Creeper’, of course. Its botanical name, Parthenocissus quinquefolia comes from the Greek, meaning ‘Virgin Ivy’ and the descriptive second name just means five leaves. It’s good for covering an uninteresting wall, but loses all its lovely red leaves soon afterwards. Our autumn weather in Cyprus is still warm in relative terms and there is little likelihood of frost, unless you live up the mountains. Prunus and pecan trees begin to shed their now golden leaves and unless there are storms and heavy rain they will remain on the trees for a little while yet.

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