One of my biggest surprises when I moved from South Africa to Boston, Mass was autumn or fall as it is know in the US. I was amazed at the color of the foliage. South Africa has beautiful flowers and trees. My mother planted our garden with roses, bird of paradise and many others. Hedges of Bougainvillea, red, pink and purple surrounded our house. Huge flamboyant trees, so named for their beautiful red flowers, grew in our garden and on the sides of the town’s streets. At boarding school I walked along avenues of Jacaranda with purple blossoms in the spring.
I have spent many years in Minnesota and every year I enjoy the colors. This year Minnesota is awash in red, orange, yellow and green. Yes, many of the trees are still green even in the middle of October. There is really nothing that makes one feel as good as a blue sky, sunshine and colored leaves waving and sparkling.
We are lucky to have the wonderful MinnesotaLandscape Arboretum a ten minute drive from home. http://www.arboretum.umn.edu I make many trips throughout the year to walk, sit and write amidst its beauty. Every fall the staff and volunteers construct scarecrows and show pumpkins and flowers. Come with me to walk along the Scarecrow Promenade.
And my favorite
I can watch the changing of the season from my windows. This from the kitchen
And this from my couch. Happy Halloween and a color-filled fall.