Down the main axis

We pick up the story as we set off on Saturday’s afternoon walk, which might or might not indicate that we are going to see mainly afternoon shots. I do get a kick out of this narrow and layered view with the spout at its end  every time I see it! Abigail leads the way.

Beech Borders, Taubie

We follow the various axes to the final gesture at the Beech Borders, where I look back at the many secondary plants turning against the bare branches of May’s maple spectacle, whilst old Taubie picks her plodding way at her own pace. Every time I have returned home this year my first thought has been of her and her condition, but she soldiers on, pacing herself, and  occasionally bouncing like a puppy for a few excited seconds. She turns 14 this month.

All the way along the Beech Borders axis

This is not  a good photo, even when well enlarged. One day I will position myself here with perfect lighting and a long lens, and I might succeed: I am looking back from just below the road which goes below the arboretum across the Beech Borders axis. Lit up in the centre distance is the beech tree which features in the  right background of the previous photo. The axis crosses the lily pond and the bottom of the valley before cutting a path  through a poplar grove, with blue hydrangeas planted in the clearing. I can spot one of the two late blooms still showing colour quite clearly: it is on the very left edge of the hydrangeas, a third from the bottom of the photo. Below is a summer view from across the valley. I gives the idea.Hydrangeas on Beech Borders axis -summer view

Red Japanese maple

We continue on our walk (and return to our late autumnal theme) to find another Japanese maple still in full glory: this one has remarkably tiny leaves with a short middle finger which gives a round outline, and the autumn leaves are a uniform red. Pretty. Very pretty!

Hypericum revolutum

Nearby grows Hypericum revolutum, our local St John’s Wort and possibly our most plentiful indigenous shrub. The books say it flowers from August to January, but here there is never a month in which a search will not reward you with a flower – and at the moment the bushes are covered – the beautiful Afrikaans word ‘oortrek’ literally means ‘pulled over’ – with flowers.

Jack's Red maple no longer red

On a much more wintery note, here is ‘Jack’s Red Maple’ – now no longer red, the last leaves still clinging to it a definite brown, as are those beneath it. But, defiantly, the stream shines more silverly than ever…

THtJB in June

Colour has also been drained from The House that Jack Built – but on the forest floor there is a wonderful subtlety to be found.

Forest floor2jpg Forest floor

Ethereal compositions abound…

Ethereal autumn

And a few azaleas, especially the scented mauve ones,  seem messengers of spring.

Mauve azalea in June

Even some ferns contribute to the palette…

Autumn ferns

And thus we stand below the arboretum and look back across the garden, subtle colours in the late light and late season, before starting the final ascent home…

View across Makou Dam detail

View across Makou Dam


2 thoughts on “GREETING JUNE part 2

  1. compositions of colour and texture abound throughout your seasons Jack – ethereal or otherwise. The azalea was a surprise and lucky to have Hypericum to dispel the winter blues

  2. Wonderful photos, Jack. I especially love the rich red of of those Japanese maple leaves. We’re still waiting for summer to truly arrive here, so I’m not quite ready to think about fall yet — but it has always been my favorite season.

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