Sunday, October 23, 2005

Red on Green(Terry E)

8 Comments:

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 Wendy A 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 Carol 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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