Lots of sunny autumn mornings in May inspired a few sessions of backyard photography, featuring several of my deciduous trees, some tomatoes, and a robin.
Camellia and liquidambar.
Camellia flower and liquidambar leaf.
Early snowflakes, Italian arums, oak tree roots.
Globe artichoke. I don’t eat these; I grow them for their enormous purple, thistle flowers.
Linden, dawn redwood, liquidambar.
Rose – Sir John Betjeman. The cherry tomatoes are all self-sown.
Ginkgo – one of my favourite trees.
Another of my favourite trees, a Tupelo – Nyssa sylvatica – with poplars. Sometimes they are all in autumn leaf at the same time, which looks spectacular. This year, the poplars lost theirs very early in autumn.
Japanese maples 1.
Early blooming jonquils and late roses.
A Chinese liquidambar with Liquidambar styraciflua in the background.
Japanese maple 2.
Japanese maple leaves. One tree can have yellow, red, orange and green leaves on it at the same time.
There are actually only two Japanese maples…so far.
A yellow-breasted robin decides to join me.
The robin, which is indigenous to south-eastern Australia, regularly follows me around the garden in the hope that I might stir up some insects.
Close-up of ginkgo leaves. My husband, who is a bit of a menace in the garden when he has a chainsaw in his hands, nearly ring-barked this tree when he ‘accidentally’ cut off a lower branch recently. Naturally, I have initiated divorce proceedings.
I have a large garden in Australia. There are three main parts to the garden: The Arboretum – we like to call it that, but it’s actually just a small former sheep paddock into which we’ve crammed as many trees as possible; the riparian area, which can only be planted with indigenous species; and the main garden that’s visible from the house, with the lawns, shrubs, roses, perennials, veggie beds, and more trees. I planted most of these deciduous trees between 2001 and 2003. The orchard, the gum trees, the cypresses, and some of the poplars were already there when we bought the property in March, 2000.
Maple – October Glory.
Scarlet oak and willow.
Oak, willow and Lipstick maple – October Glory.
Red oak and willow.
Poplars and cypress beside the secret path.
The creek with fallen gum trees making useful bridges for wildlife.
The shed fridge comes in handy for taking the overflow of tulip bulbs from the household fridge.