Wednesday, July 22, 2009
A is for arbutus leaves
ABC Wednesday is a meme that interests me and Round number 5 is just beginning today. I thought I'd use it as a focal point for life on Haliburton Hill. So I'll start by focusing on arbutus leaves. We have a gigantic arbutus tree in our front yard, and it's really beautiful with its curling red bark and glossy green leaves. These trees are native to the west coast of North America, growing only within about a mile of the ocean.
They're unique in that they keep their leaves in the winter but drop about half of them every summer. As a child I spent August on one of the gulf islands and I just loved crunching through these leaves. When we moved up here to Haliburton Hill the Arbutus and its leaves was one of the draws for me. I liked the natural look and the sound of the dry leaves on the ground. It made me feel like I was on summer holidays.
Things are a bit different now that we have the new garden out front. The falling arbutus leaves are messy. They take away from the pristine look of gravel paths, dark earth and green grass.
These leaves are a big part of my life right now because I've been spending quite a few hours trying to rake them out of the ground cover.
And it's not easy to do because they're very brittle and they break when you try to rake them.
After struggling with this for a while, I've decided to just wait until they're all down some time in August and then do a big clean up. You can't win against nature except by going with it. Arbutus leaves are my Zen teachers this week.
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