Autumn in summer

The June drop is happening in more ways than one. Apples tend to fall (here) in July rather than June, so I shouldn’t be too perturbed that I’ve got a fridge full of windfalls.

More concerning is the leaf fall. Fortunately, I’ve been watering my trees but those in public spaces do not have this level of tender loving care.

Yesterday in a walk through a local park, I noticed branches which were becoming quite bare

and today the brown grass in another park was covered in leaves. It looks reminiscent of a day in October – but with heat.

A friend pointed out birches which are dying because of the drought. And I heard an advertisement on the radio this evening, asking us to only use water that we really need to use. In other words, please don’t water your lawns.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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12 Responses to Autumn in summer

  1. Helen, I’ve been absent from the blogging world for a few weeks. I didn’t realize you were in the midst of a drought. I’m really sorry to hear that so many trees are suffering. We took out our lawn three years ago and I’ve never looked back, but lawns still prevail here everywhere. 😦

    • Helen says:

      Hi Alys, nice to hear from you. I can see why people have lawns – useful for children to play on, for example, but they do take so much maintenance to keep them looking nice, don’t they. That’s what led me to get rid of mine in the beginning… and I felt so decadent 😉.

      • 🙂 We had lawns front and back (the whole neighborhood does) and yes, the boys enjoyed them thoroughly when they were young. What I find though is that children find a way to have fun, no matter what they have: asphalt, grass, forest, or a nearby park. I think so much of what we’re missing in the world lately is balance. I can’t tell you the pleasure I get with my native garden. In ten minutes I’ll see bees, wasps, hummingbirds, butterflies, all happily feeding and pollinating as they go about their day. I certainly never experienced that with a lawn.

        • Helen says:

          Yes, lawns lack a lot when it comes down to it. What kind of native plants have you got instead?

          • We have a number of salvia plants which the bees and hummingbirds love. They grow to about a meter tall and are equally wide. They smell lovely, too (or at least the foliage does). We have some tall grasses that send up soft, feathery blooms that sway in the breeze. There is another plant (name escapes me) that sends up tall green stalks in the spring that open to bright orange flowers. The hummingbirds love the nectar from those as well. It’s so nice sitting on my garden swing and enjoying that part of the garden. I sheet mulched the area with cardboard and dried leaves so the soil was beautifully enriched by the following year.

          • Helen says:

            I hear a lot of talk about salvia, so I will look into this. Your garden sounds very relaxing.

  2. We, too, have noticed the leaf fall – and conkers are looking ready to drop

  3. Those poor trees must be really stressed to lose those leaves .. droughts are terrible. Wish I could send you some rain ..

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