Welcome Fall… It’s the Autumnal Equinox today…sad, but sweet…

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Stewartia psuedocamillia pinking up beautifully.
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Leaves are drying and falling…these are under the cherry and plum trees
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Berries are reddening.
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Just a few Acer japonica leaves turning scarlet.
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Maple keys turning red.
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Cornus fruit
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Hydrangea flowers are drying…the brilliant blue stems on this NOID inherited plant are amazingly beautiful!!
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Dried Acer macrophyllum leaves.
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Berberis berries turning red, maple leaf caught in the prickles.

I went looking for signs of fall today after noticing it is the Autumnal Equinox. Not too many signs, just a few here and there.  I’m always sad to see fall come, my heart really belongs to sun, heat and light. I’ll likely start to miss the Ontario autumns soon…we just don’t get the colours here in the PNW.  Nor do we get the wonderful warm “Indian Summer” days…gifts from God.  But nothing can compare with the smells in the woods here…especially in the fall and winter months.

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Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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