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Autumn Colour Brings Joy

October 6th, 2020 | 4 Comments »

The autumn colours seem particularly intense this year at Glen Villa, my garden in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Leaves started to turn earlier than usual and the height of the season has almost come and gone. But what a season it has been!

It started early, when a small horse chestnut tree (Aesculus pavia) began to turn.

 

This photo was taken on September
This photo was taken in mid-September

 

It continued as the sourgum trees (Nyssa sylvatica) nearby began to change colour. First one tree caught fire …

 

You can't see the tree itself, only this one branch silhouetted against the sycamore behind. Isn't the contrast gorgeous?
You can’t see the tree itself, only this one branch silhouetted against the sycamore behind. Isn’t the contrast gorgeous?

 

… then another.

 

The colour of this sourgum is quite different from the one next to it -- this one a fruit salad of peach and apricot, the other a fire of red-hot apple.
The colour of this sourgum is quite different from the one next to it. This one is a fruit salad of peaches and apricots, the other one a fireplace of red-hot pokers.

 

Everywhere colour lights up the shade. On the driveway down to the lake…

 

A view down the driveway hints at the intensity of colour this year.
A photo only hints at the intensity of colour this year.

 

…  near the house, where the stephanandra (Stephanandra incisa crispa) tumbles alongside the steps …

 

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… in the Lower Garden where a magnolia is sun-shining its heart out …

 

The sculpture in the foreground is by Louise Doucet and Satoshi Saito.
The sculpture in the foreground is by Louise Doucet and Satoshi Saito.

 

… and beside a stone wall, where the leaves of a fothergilla outdo the colours of a motley fool.

 

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The colours at the Skating Pond are past their peak but are still worth paying attention to.

 

The water is calm on a grey day.
The water is calm on a grey day.

 

Along Timelines, the trail that explores ideas about history, memory and our relationship to the world around us, Abenaki Walkers at The Clearing of the Land move proudly into the woods.

 

I particularly like how the mottled white walkers blend with the white tree trunk behind.
I particularly like how the mottled white walkers blend with the white tree trunk behind them.

 

The corrugated tin columns that form part of The Past Looms Large stride across a misty autumnal field.

 

A green path gives added punch to the russet leaves in the foreground.
A green path adds punch to the russet leaves in the foreground.

 

The temple façade stands out against a background of orange, red, yellow and green.

 

Is the temple façade under construction or is it falling down?
Is the temple façade under construction or is it falling down?

 

And everywhere, fallen leaves are scuff-able, offering carefree moments that bring out the child in me.

 

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Autumn can be a sad season but on a clear day when the sky is blue and the air crisp, I don’t feel sad, I feel energized.  What does autumn bring to your part of the world? How does it make you feel?

Pining Away

October 27th, 2019 | 8 Comments »
I'm not pining away, but the pine tree is. Or was. This week we tackled a big job that I've been wanting to do for a few years, which was to remove an enormous old pine tree near the bank of Lake Massawippi. The photo below from 2014 shows the beginning of the end of this tree... needles on the upper branches are much thinner than they should be. It also shows how the tree towered above the ones around it.   [caption id="attachment_8228" align="alignleft" width="1600"] The boathouse may have been

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Autumn Splendour

October 13th, 2019 | 8 Comments »
This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, and today I'm giving thanks for the splendours of autumn.  All week the colours have been spectacular!     This  view along the driveway at Glen Villa gives some idea of how brilliant the colour is.   [caption id="attachment_8143" align="alignleft" width="1600"] The red leaves are a sugar maple on fire. The white posts in the distance mark the entry to the China Terrace.[/caption]   On the stone wall of the house, Engelman ivy is a symphony of scarlet, red and maroon.   [caption id="attachment_8145" align="alignleft" width="1600"]

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Autumn Colour

October 16th, 2018 | 12 Comments »
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

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Giving Thanks

October 9th, 2017 | 15 Comments »
  Today is Thanksgiving day in Canada, and there is much to be thankful for. In the garden, colours are bright.   [caption id="attachment_5729" align="aligncenter" width="2820"] Sedum 'Autumn Joy' lives up to its name.[/caption]   Even when the flowers have faded, I'm thankful for work that's been done.  At the Aqueduct the catmint ( Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low') has been cut back, making the bed look more like a monk's shaved head than the overgrown mop of foliage it was only days ago.   [caption id="attachment_5743" align="aligncenter" width="5184"] Those stubs of nepeta between

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The Colours of Autumn

October 31st, 2016 | 12 Comments »
I missed the peak of autumn colour this year in the Eastern Townships of Quebec -- where colours are as good as (or better than?) any place in North America -- because of some trips that took me away from home. So when a friend sent me a photo he took a week or so ago of the hills behind our house, I was delighted.   [caption id="attachment_4579" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Our house and boathouse on Lake Massawippi are dwarfed by the hills that rise behind.[/caption]   What a spectacle it was. Friends who were

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Changing Colours

September 27th, 2016 | 10 Comments »
This year autumn is slow in coming. Often by the end of September, the hills are as colourful as the big box of Crayola crayons I always begged (unsuccessfully) my mother to buy, with trees standing in ranges of red, orange and pink, gold and chartreuse, and occasional patches of dark wintery green. Not this year. Temperatures have remained high and leaves seem reluctant to lose their grip on summer. In the woods and fields around Glen Villa, though, wildflowers appropriate to the season are blooming their hearts out. Asters predominate.

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Colour in the Garden

October 26th, 2014 | 4 Comments »
It's been raining steadily for the last few days and most trees have lost their leaves. But not all. The linden tree  at the end of the lawn was radiant one day last week, just before the rain began to fall. [caption id="attachment_1318" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A stormy sky added drama to the scene.[/caption] Colour remains, but you have to look more closely to find it. The hydrangea bushes by the front door don't shout like the linden tree; instead they glow, softly pink. [caption id="attachment_1323" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The pink tones of

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Glen Villa in Autumn

October 14th, 2013 | 6 Comments »
Travelling is wonderful, but nothing beats being at Glen Villa on a perfect autumn day, when the air is clear, the sky is blue and nothing in particular has to be done.This morning I walked around the garden, my first walk-about in three weeks. A few flowers are still blooming, like the never-say-die sedum 'Autumn Joy.'Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is still going strong in mid-October.The bergenia I planted this spring to complement the aqueduct is showing its full fall colour.Which name do you prefer, bergenia or pigsqueak?The peegee hydrangea that was

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