Saturday, November 17, 2012

Walk around the Yard

 The view toward the house from beyond the "barn."  There are six austrees in our yard, this one between the house and the barn and five along the property line which is also the city limits.

 The austrees are about fifteen years old, very fast growing, and we greatly appreciate the shade.  However they are rather messy trees, shedding branches in nearly every windstorm.  We expend a lot of effort picking up branches.  The leaves are very similar to willow, and thus a real chore to clean up.  Worse, while the ground is now carpeted with fallen leaves, you can see that the trees are still quite capable of providing shade!

The Bradford pear tree is in the front yard.  As I walked by it I noted that the sunlight, shining as it was,  made the colors very striking.  The reds and yellows provided by leaves, the blues by the sky beyond the tree.

Must enjoy fall while we may!


8 comments:

Shelly said...

The austrees from a distance look kind of like mesquites, although I know they are nothing alike. The pear tree leaves truly shout, "Autumn!".

Grace said...

I think a pear tree must be a lovely thing to have...

vanilla said...

Shelly, the lacy quality of the leaves perhaps make you think of mesquite.

Grace, Bradford pear is used abundantly in landscaping in this area. Unfortunately, the life expectancy is only about 15 years.

vanilla said...

"makes"

Secondary Roads said...

The beauty of one's own yard
I find, for me, it's very hard
To top the beauty of that sight
Even though I try with all my might

vanilla said...

Or, as Dorothy might have said, "There's no place like home."

Sharkbytes said...

That pear tree is very pretty. I don't know Bradford pears.

The austree IS a willow. I read that they are becoming a nuisance.

vanilla said...

Shark, the austree is a nuisance, especially if one has six of them in his yard. But it is quick shade, which is why developers use them, I think.