In this part of the world, Autumn colour does not happen all at once. A few things turn red or golden. Then all their leaves blow away. Then a few more things turn. Then the wind gets up and the rain batters down. You have to catch the colour where you can. Oh for a week of still, clear weather with hard frost! Azaleas are a staple of October colour. What wonderful plants these are. Flowers, fragrance and a brilliant Autumn display. This particular bush is old and unhappy – so it produces the best colour. Young vigorous azaleas are not so obliging.Liquidamber styraciflua leaves on the turn. I love the name of this tree, although it is not very happy on my heavy clay soil. It is slower to turn than most of the trees and keeps its leaves longer. I don’t have it in the best of positions, so have to go in search of its colour rather than looking at it through the window.Pyracantha berries: Always a dilemma over whether to cut it back and lose most of next year’s crop, or whether to let it ramp out of control and then be faced with a vicious, thorny horror the year after.