Expectations

What do we expect from Autumn? Leaves, nuts, fruit, fungi, colours and storms!

We’ve already experienced Storm Ophelia (or ex-hurricane Ophelia) which was one of the strongest storms to hit Ireland and caused a lot of damage in the south and south east of Ireland. Some homes are still waiting for their electricity to be restored. It is hard for us to imagine a week without electricity, though our parents and grandparents would have been well used to it (our own area being electrified in 1951). Today, Storm Brian, is passing through, he is not expected to cause as much damage as Ophelia.

Many large trees were felled by Ophelia. This year, we are told is a good seed year for oaks and beech. So it seems appropriate to try and set some seeds to replace some of those that have been lost. We’ve collected some beech nuts from some impressive local beech trees. We’ve also collected some sweet chestnut seeds but only found a few acorns so far.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if one day one of our collected seeds could look like this (we will of course be long gone!).

beech tree

Beech tree at Turlough, Co Mayo

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12 thoughts on “Expectations

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I agree Eliza. We have a few horse chestnuts from last year and sweet chestnuts from the year before growing away happily in pots.

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      1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

        There is real pleasure seeing a tree grow. There is a birch in our garden we plant about 12 years ago. Now it’s big enough for my son to climb! It’s pretty amazing.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      It is a lovely tree. There are a few others of similar size in the some place, though this one is perhaps the most magestic.

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