Sunday, October 23, 2005

Red on Green(Terry E)


Blogger Alice said...

Do you ever stand in awe and wonder how trees with green leaves develop such stunningly beautiful autumn colours? Your garden looks so lovely. Not a sign of late-summer tiredness about it, and now you have the lovely reds and yellows of autumn, too.

When we lived in England in 1993, I looked forward to seeing the autumn colours as I expected it to look like Canberra on a massive scale. But I was a little disappointed that most of the trees in the forests simply turned yellow or brown; I had hoped for lots of reds, too. We arrived in Boston and Cape Cod on 7/11 just in time to see the last of the red leaves. A month or so earlier and it would have been spectacular.

Canberra, being a planned city, has an enormous number of trees in parks, along the streets, and in private gardens. Indeed, for many years, new homeowners were given a free allocation of 30 shrubs and 20 trees to establish their gardens. As well as the Australian native flora we also have a great many decidious trees of all varieties. Because our climate is much colder than the coastal cities, tourists come just to see the magnificent autumn colours. I particularly love the Scarlet and Pin Oaks, Liquidambers, Claret Ash, and Poplars.

Thank you for sharing your garden with such beautiful photos.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Imagine being given all those shrubs and trees for your own private garden!! That would have saved me thousands of dollars. I bought my tree as large as I could so they ended up being quite expensive. I too love the pin oaks and liquidamars and have had them in past gardens which were larger than this one. There are so many trees I would love to have but sadly have no room.

10:14 AM  
Blogger WendyAs said...

I am going to have to check out Canberra. It sounds beautiful. What a progressive idea. We need more city planners like that.

The picture really touched me. It kinda made me sad Sandy. It made me think of the end of a life as the leaf falls to the ground for yet another hibernation/death/cycle. Maybe it should be titled Terry E.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Maybe you're right Wendy.

7:11 PM  
Blogger jac said...

A pure reddish leaf fallen among green.

11:17 PM  
Blogger millionbells said...

Oooo, what is the name of that green plant/shrub? It is very interesting.

4:35 AM  
Blogger Boxwood Cottage said...

The red leave on the green hebe (@ millionbells: at least that is how we are calling the green plant here in Germany) is looking awesome!

5:46 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

We call it Hebe buxifolia here too Carol.

7:38 AM  

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