We don’t normally get a good show of autumn leaf colour at Cliffe, something to do with sun and warmth I believe. You would imagine therefore that this year would be especially unimpressive, but not so. The Parrotia persica is looking spectacular, especially as the corner it inhabits by the entrance is one of the last areas to appareciate the rays of the sun. This deciduous azalea, possibly Rhododendron luteum, with its mahogany to golden foliage, is all the more appealing for the prominent flower buds at the end of each branch. These buds are patiently waiting for spring to share their fragrant yellow blooms and the reminder of this promise will be appreciated throughout the long winter months.