Monday, May 11, 2009

Autumn in my garden

I just love Autumn in the mountains ...
































I was despairing yesterday at the state of our back 'garden' since gettting our chooks (the price of free-ranging!) They have destroyed a lot of the soil, scratching up too much and turning areas into dustbowls. So I am trying to focus on the nicer aspects today, if I look up to the trees and not at the ground it seems so much better !!!


We have 9 maples in our back garden, and a few at the front. At this time of year they do look their best as the leaves start to turn ..... some just starting to change quietly to soft yellows and pinky-orange, others (like the one above in my front garden) screaming scarlet red.


The trees mark a definite season here, and I love that about this area. Somedays it feels as though Autumn is sort of lost somewhere summer and winter, as we can have gusts of really cold wintery weather, then strangely warm again for days. So it's reassuring to be reminded we live in a part of Australia that does have 4 definite seasons (the little bit of English left in me likes that!) and what better to remind us than our own back gardens.


:-)

3 comments:

Jacqui said...

wow! 9 maple trees - you must have a good bit of land. Ah the chookies - they do like to do a bit of landscaping and it's almost always not what we had planned. It's good to lock them up occasionally and let it all recover but then you feel sorry for them...you can't win!

mountainwildlife said...

Hi Jacqui, not big land, just average-about 700m2 I think... and our house is in the middle so the backyard is pretty small really! The maples are just quite small but dotted around, along with loads of other trees. Great for lots of green shade in the summer, not so good for veggie growing! Too much shade and competing root systems.
Chooks destroyed my little patch again yesterday so not in my good books today...
}:-(

Anne said...

Beautiful colours!...
How lucky you are to have 9 maple trees in your garden.