Maple trees gleam in the sunlight.

Autumn Colour

Autumn is spectacular in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Unfortunately I’ve had little time to enjoy it this year, because earlier this month we sold our condominium in Montreal where we’ve lived for the last 22 years. Cleaning and sorting and disposing of the contents has taken a lot of time and effort. In fact, it’s been a real slog but thankfully I’ve had lots of help from family members. (Thank you, each and all!)

Understandably, blogging has taken a back seat to household work. But this past weekend, I took a break to enjoy some of the best that autumn offers. Here are a few scenes from Glen Villa, where, as of next week, I’ll be spending all my time. (Hooray!)  (And yes, if you do the math, you’ll see that the gap between sale and occupancy was less than three weeks. Whew!)

First is this scene along our driveway.

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White birch trees stand out against colourful leaves. The white wooden doorway in the distance marks the entrance of the China Terrace, the re-imagining of the old resort hotel that once stood on the property.

 

Nearby is this group of trees, resplendent in their brilliance.

Maple trees gleam in the sunlight.
Maple leaves gleam in the sunlight, offering a sharp contrast to the slender tree that has lost its leaves.

 

There’s a froth of colour at the Aqueduct.

Prairie dropseed, or Sporobolus heterlepis, drips and droops beside the Aqueduct.
Prairie dropseed, or Sporobolus heterolepis, drips and droops beside the Aqueduct. The red shrub behind it is Barberry ‘Ruby Glow.’

 

Beside it, this work horse spirea offers an unexpected touch of colour.

 

The reds, yellows and greens of Spirea japonica 'Magic Carpet' take us for an autumn ride.
The reds, yellows and greens of Spirea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’ take us for an autumn ride.

 

By the front door, our native witch hazel, with its twisted trunk, has an Asian look.

 

Soft tones of yellow and green adorn the witch hazel (Hammamaelis virginiana), while the twisting trunk adds an Asian touch.
Soft tones of yellow and green adorn the witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana).

 

At its feet are bergenia.

 

Bergenia leaves present themselves as Christmas colours, red and green.
Bergenia leaves present themselves as Christmas colours, red and green.

 

Change in the garden occured gradually. A few weeks ago, the trees had only begun to turn.

 

A few weeks ago, the trees had only begun to change colour. The Glen Villa flag flies proudly above the Lower Garden.
The Glen Villa flag flies proudly above the Lower Garden.

 

Some things, though, never change — a turkey is always a turkey.

 

Wild turkeys enjoy walking along the Crabapple Allée.
Wild turkeys enjoy strolling along the Crabapple Allée, munching as they go.

 

A late Happy Thanksgiving to Canadian readers, and an early one to Americans. And to those who celebrate neither, Happy Fall.

  • Looks like it is a good year for color and the leaves are holding! I trust permanent residency in the Hat will be most agreeable!

    • siteandinsight

      I’m thrilled that we will be there full time.

  • Sadly, it was so warm here in September and October that the leaves didn’t change color much. Then we had almost 2 inches of rain, and many leaves fell before changing color. We’re supposed to get our first frost tonight and it looks like this year’s display is a dud.

    • siteandinsight

      We also may get frost tonight. And the colours, although sometimes brilliant, weren’t overall as bright as in some years. Fewer reds, more yellows. Not sure why this is. And there is always next year to look forward to…

  • You’ve reminded me how colourful Bergenia can be at this time of year. Congratulations on weathering the sale and closing of your condo – and the move. These things can be bittersweet, but what a wonderland to spend your time in now!

    • siteandinsight

      I was surprised by the strength of the red in the bergenia leaves. It seems deeper and clearer than in previous years. I’ll pay attention next year and do a comparison.

      • annewareham

        Here too. Lots of great things no doubt resulting from the weather and not to be planned on recurring..!

  • Glorious color! Autumn has been fairly subdued around here, at least so far.

    • siteandinsight

      Autumn is lingering here. The colours were very bright for a few days, then became more muted. Some warm days have made it feel like summer could return. If only…

  • annewareham

    Your maples are amazing! Beautiful. This has been a brilliant autumn and it’s still looking so good in the low sunlight. Feel so sorry for all those people for whom autumn means only blowing leaves around in interest of tidiness. Have happy times in your permanent residency..xx

    • siteandinsight

      Sale completed today! So we are celebrating tonight… even in the pouring rain. And that puts an end to autumn colour.

      • Anne Wareham

        Well, end of an era, end of autumn colour – and new times to celebrate! Hope it was a great celebration and wish you everything of the best for the new days…. Xxxxx