I’m excited when the leaves turn brilliant colours, and at the same time love the sense of preparing to batten down the hatches. I start to cook stews and braises again, hanker after richer, earthier tastes. Everything seems to start slowing down, heaving a big sigh and snuggling up to wait out the winter. And there is something wonderful about watching the garden head in to dormancy.
I also love all the things you do in autumn that are about the future. The bulb planting, the plant moving, the reassessment of the borders and planning how to make next year even better. It is the time I start to pore over seed catalogues and websites and dream of the wonderful things I could grow. And best of all, it is the time for sowing seed.