Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Maple Memories in Scarlet

This time of year we see some pretty spectacular fall colour in the Chilliwack, Sardis, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs areas but not a lot of red maples unless you have planted them.

Our very stately Norwegian maple was planted some 24 years ago in our back yard. During the spring and summer, the leaves are green providing us with privacy. In the autumn, the leaves are transformed into the most beautiful scarlet.

I love catching a glimpse of its blaze of colour from the interior of our house - it is a fantastic backdrop.

Of course, deciduous trees have to be raked and this can mean a couple of hours of work outside.  I picked the bright sunny, but somewhat blustery day we had yesterday for the job.  Usually I have helpers but not this year, everyone was away, getting some early Christmas shopping in at the Circle Craft show in Vancouver.  In years past, I have taken a number of photographs of my family being buried in a leaf mound or lying on top of them.  There might even be one of my daughter Emily with her published children's book "Go Away Unicorn" down then left side column of this blog.

This year however, it was just me, my camera, a rake and a big tree....

Turns out raking with someone else IS a lot more fun.  I recommend never doing this alone. Some jobs need more than one person.  For example, when I jumped into a big pile of crunchy leaves - there was no one to see it. :(  

Maybe I should have taken a selfie.

Selfie in Maple©

Enjoy these beautiful fall days we having, what a great place to live.

  • FYI - raking up leaves will ensure that your property does not appear neglected.  Grass needs oxygen and sunlight for proper growth. Leaf removal will also ensure that garden pests will not find refuge in the decaying plant materials affecting the health of the next year's yard. 

 All pictures © Stephen Mullock

Imagine living here....

Stephen Mullock
is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

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