Autumn is changeover time. For the gardeners autumn means tearing out the summer bedding and replacing it with bulbs and plants that must keep up appearances until spring. Late flowering plants in the mixed borders such as asters, autumn crocus, chrysanthemums, and aconitum can create the illusion of an Indian summer. The increasingly noticeable rose hips and golden grasses around the lake in Queen Mary’s Garden convey a different message.
The evening sun lights up the already golden leaves on the trees beside the Broad Walk. There is an area south of the playing fields, round the back of the St John’s Lodge where the grass under the trees is left uncut. Just before sunset you can see almost horizontal beams of light streaming through the grass and turning it red.