de·cid·u·ous [ di síjjoo əss ]
1. shedding leaves in fall: describes trees and bushes that shed their leaves in the fall
2. of deciduous trees: describes a forest or wood that is composed mostly of deciduous trees
3. shed after developmental stage: describes the teeth, antlers, or wings of animals and birds that are shed after a stage of development
4. shed easily or at intervals: describes the scales of fish that are shed easily or at intervals
I guess I kind of didn't really care about the word "deciduous" when I lived back on the east coast. Fall came and we took it for what it was. The leaves changed colors and fell from the trees. Wintertime, all was barren except the evergreens.
When we moved here and bought our first home, we actually had choices in landscaping since we were solely responsible for it's upkeep. And we ('cause we are lazy and/or don't have the time) have always chosen to have trees that are NOT deciduous.
Now we didn't just plant one of these trees - we planted 4.
Purple Robe Locust.
It boasts a gorgeous grouping of flowers in the spring and early summer, of which we fell in love with.
Zoom in and look.
The beginning of the end of this tree.
Soon it will be dropping all its leaves.
But we are not fretting because we have this big boy....
that are NOT deciduous.
Anyhoo - the leaves are very slowly starting to turn. Our "peak" isn't until Mid December usually. So we have a ways to go yet.
As I read my family's blogs and miss all the beauty that accompanies autumn, I looked around our yard and thought that this is just how it is here, and I love it for what it is. Different, is all.
Here are some pictures of the yard.
(side note: No pumpkins yet, for us. The temps are still in the mid 80's and I choose to wait, so I am not cleaning up a rotting mess. This weekend though - Walmart - $3.50 a piece. No fun associated with that task around here!!!)
What a great time of year!