Just being neighbourly

Bert lives up the street from us – he has the most beautiful Liquid Amber tree in his garden.  It’s huge and towers over nearly all the trees in the street and does a great job shading his house from the afternoon sun in the Summer.  It’s just visible from my laundry window – not that I stand there all that much –  but it’s quite nice to look at when the leaves turn red in the Autumn.

Cheryl lives on the other side of the steet – she has one in her garden as well.  I can see hers from the top of our drive and it also turns a fabulous red in the Autumn.

When it rains at this time of the year the gutters get filled with leaves – red leaves from a Liquid Amber tree.

Because of the bend in the footpath they gather at the top of our drive – the rain pushes them along but often they will overflow on the footpath.

I know where they come from but wouldn’t have the heart to complain.  For many years I would trundle my barrow up the street and gather up all the leaves for the compost but Bert’s wife retired recently and with time to spare has been doing a sterling job at collecting them herself.

The two trees compliment each other so well – normally looking spectacular – even with all the rain we’ve had they still look good against the heavy skies. 

5 Replies to “Just being neighbourly”

  1. We have a couple of liquid Amber’s in our front yard and evey year we get heaps of leaves. Whe they were little the kids would spend hours outside playing with them. Great memories!


  2. G’day Cathy. Lovely photos. They are beautiful trees. We had a few of them when we still had the farm. They were always a delight to see with their red leaves. Take care. Liz…


  3. My father would call that “the sacrifice for the privilege”. You are privileged to view the beauty of these trees even at the cost of the sacrifice to clean up the fallen leaves. It is good that the neighbor can do that now or at least help.


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