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Britain set for 'an incredible' autumn

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Gardening experts are predicting 'the perfect autumn' with trees displaying a spectacular display of colour, according to guardian.co.uk.

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Gardening experts are predicting 'the perfect autumn' with trees displaying a spectacular display of colour, according to guardian.co.uk. The first leaves have started to turn from green to red, yellow or orange as befits this time of year. However, this autumn is expected to bring a 'firework display' from the trees, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and it's all thanks to the miserable summer. Explaining to telegraph.co.uk, Colin Crosbie, curator of the RHS show garden at Wisley said: "It is a good side to the wet summer. This year we have had phenomenal leaf growth. Then the recent warm weather has allowed them to produce lots of chlorophyll and increased sugar levels in trees." As daylight fades and temperatures fall, chlorophyll breaks down and exposes the vibrant pigments in the leaves. The wet conditions have encouraged trees to retain their leaves, not shed them, thus there will be more luscious and brighter displays. While it might be getting a little cold outside, those with wooden garden rooms can sit in relative warmth while admiring the autumn colours in their own back yard. Providing the weather holds, that is. Mr Crosbie added that dry, sunny conditions over the next few weeks are preferable, as rain and winds would blow the leaves away. "If it stays like this for the next two, three or four weeks," he said, "it will be incredible."

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Elizabeth Smythe

13th September 2012