by special request
Marianne, my lovely friend and fellow Canadian resides in beautiful New Brunswick, one of the Maritime provinces on Canada's East Coast where they have puffins and gorgeous maple trees and all the Timbits you could ever want. Marianne asked me to post some pictures of the fall foliage in our area. Well, what she really said was, "Sugar, [that's what she calls me] I want to see the pictures with the leaves and berries - I prefer your pics of turkeys and marble cakes but I need some nature shots so I will stop wanting to bake things after I read your blog!!!!"
Isn't she funny?
So I went out yesterday and had a look around and this is what I found. Around here, it's not so much about the changing leaves as about the berries and seed heads that the plants produce in fall. The trees we do have here - oak, ash, beech, poplar, birch and chestnut, tend to have fairly small leaves that go quite quickly from brown to yellow. I did manage to find a few interesting leaves though, along with some colourful shrubs.
I grew up calling this tree a mountain ash, but have since discovered that it goes by many other names.
mountain ash leaves
mountain ash covered in berries
In German this one is called an Essigbaum, a "vinegar tree". It is quite invasive and will take root just about anywhere, sending out underground shoots.
Rose hips are often used to make tea or jelly in Germany. They are extremely high in vitamin C. Mr M has been drinking Hagebuttentee or rose hip tea since he was a little kid and he rarely gets ill. And when he does get ill? More rose hip tea, of course. He says it helps no matter what's wrong with you. I wonder if it could bring about world peace?
The Oregon-grape is native to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and was brought over to Europe where it is used as a decorative shrub. Makes me feel right at home! The "grapes" are edible (but taste pretty awful raw) and can be made into jam.
These firethorn berries belong to a bush that Boy10 won in a raffle at a Christmas Market a few years ago. He wasn't all that thrilled with his prize, but we planted it in our garden and it has grown into an impressive, if very prickly, shrub with tiny white flowers in the summer and beautiful yellow berries in the fall.
Cotoneaster has very pretty ornamental berries and can be used as a ground cover or hedge.
The leaves of the Japanese and Virginia creeper turn such beautiful colours in the fall. The Japanese creeper was trailing down our neighbour's fence, and the Virginia creeper is ours, growing at the front of our house and all over the railing of the deck in the back.
Along with a few asters and dahlias, these crysanthemums are the last of the flowers in the garden this fall. I love their deep red colour.
So there you have it, my dear! Do I get my Timbits now?