AXMINSTERS OF THE EARTH
OK, eyes down, gardeners and nature lovers!
I know there are wonderful carpets of blossom in spring, but autumn is definitely the main period for appreciating Mother Nature’s work. It’s one of the main reasons I moved from Sydney to the Blue Mountains nearly twenty years ago; those clearly defined seasons.
The larger leaves of one of the maple trees beside our driveway always provide the best display.
Colours are intensified after rain. This path really caught my attention on ‘matron’s rounds’ one morning.
Here are the fallen leaves of the cherry trees forming carpets in Park Avenue.
The leaves below are from an American pin oak.
Ash leaves are quietly beautiful. These are from a tree in our local park.
Dried pin oak leaves are, well….perhaps a reminder of brown carpets in old boarding houses.
The addition of cherry leaves makes a big difference.
I feel I should end on a brighter note, here is a buttery spread of tulip tree leaves outside my kitchen window.
And just a bit of fun. Little Miss Milly Muffet sat against her tuffet It’s actually a pine mushroom.
I leave most of my fallen leaves to compost themselves wherever they fall. Such a great, free source of mulch. A bit of hasty raking on the driveway when visitors are expected is all I do. I would be sorely tempted to burn them if it was allowed, but of course that’s just environmental vandalism. Instead I just hurl them onto the garden beds.
WARM BLANKETS FOR BULBS….AND BEARS
How sensible nature is. The leaves slowly decompose, and spring bulbs are nourished.
What a stunning patchwork quilt for my associate, Editor Des.
As I write, a breeze has sprung up and there are leaves flying all over the place. It’s a sign that winter is well on the way. Never mind, the fragrant daphnes will be flowering soon.