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Fall is right around the corner


I am celebrating the start of fall by planting 2 maple trees…one is a Norwegian Sunset Maple and the other is a Pacific Sunset maple…I brought in compost from my horse compost pile that has seasoned well…my soil is too acidic to support most deciduous trees so I have to do this…I will also be using soil sweetener before the winter rains start…I plan to take my primroses that have over run their pots and plant them in my rock garden for the winter, as they do well here, even flowering through the winter. We get only a few very cold days…the ground does not freeze deep because we are close to the salt water…
The leaves on my trees are full & green right now but I am looking forward to seeing their fall colors at the edge of my yard where I planted them…and yes I look forward to scuffling through them in my yard for a while before I rake them, I enjoy their beautiful dance in the wind, while they are still on the tree all fresh and green and then when they turn to their brilliant fall reds and then when they fling themselves into the wind…This is a quote I love to think of when I look at them and imagine them turning into tall beautiful shade giving trees.
“When I die, she said, I’m coming back as a tree with deep roots & I’ll wave my leaves at the children every morning on their way to school & whisper tree songs at night in their dreams. Trees with deep roots know about the things children need. " (quote is from Brian Andreas) I love his work

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I always look forward to the Fall (or Autumn in Europe) colours too. Looking forward to seeing pics of your Fall colours.

22 Sep, 2008


This is a very well-written blog.
I'm going to be honest in that I don't like autumn - it has lots of sad associations for me. Spring is the season I adore.
But I can see why you appreciate the fall.

22 Sep, 2008


I like the quote. I still think I'm a child so I feel as if it was written for me.

22 Sep, 2008


Ooh yes, I do agree with your sentiments. I have loads of Japanese Maples in my small garden and any day now they will start to dress up for autumn. My favourite is "Osakazuki" which turns a brilliant red - but then again, there is "Orumayama" which does an amazing thing by being many colours all at once - - oh and the Liquidamber.......

Do I really have a favourite?

What about you Cat ?

23 Sep, 2008


Bet you'll really enjoy your new trees!
The B Andreas is absolutely right, hits the nail on the head. As a child I can distinctly remember talking to my favourite trees on a visit to a big country park. I think I even sang to them! So no wonder they know what children need.
Also reminds me of an old, daft song "Whispering grass, don't tell the trees, because the trees don't need to know-ho"
Well, obviously they do though.

23 Sep, 2008

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