garden ponderings

Sugar Maple


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We have a large Sugar Maple tree out front of the house.  It is just beautiful to watch as the leaves slowly change colors.  I’ve been taking pictures nearly every day, as I watch the fallen leaves collect under the tree.  One thing I noticed this year, is that the first leaves to fall are on the south side of the tree.  The north facing leaves change color later and stay on the tree longer.  We have had pleasant fall weather, so the tree has kept its leaves awhile.  If a wind storm or cold snap were to come up, this tree could lose its leaves almost overnight.

There is a resident gray squirrel in this tree, who we have been watching from the kitchen window all summer long.  No way he will sit still for a photograph, it is a wonder he doesn’t run away as soon as he hears the front door open.  I suppose he knows he is safe in the tree, since we cannot climb up there.  Recently, we have seen him climb out on a limb and nibble away at something.  Later, I looked close at the tree, and noticed the seed pods at the far end of the tree limbs, which must have been the objects of his interest.  We saw many gray squirrels when we moved here over thirty years ago, but soon after they disappeared.  In just the last couple of years, these animals have returned.  This is not the first wild / native animal whose population we have observed apparently growing and ebbing in a cycle.

Author: susanpots

potter, gardener of flowers and vegies

5 thoughts on “Sugar Maple

  1. No autumn leaves here at the moment…we’re into Spring which really is starting to feel like summer, although the nights are crisp. I love autumn leaves and your squirrel sounds great too. We get a pair of pidgeons nesting in the kids’ climbing tree. Last year, they decided ato “save” the babies. We had the with us overnight and I think it took 3 days to get them successfully back home with their parents.

  2. As a youngster, I often thought of the changing leaves a trees way of giving back the sunshine it had collected through the summer. In our yard we a have a bright Fothergilla (shrub) blooming near the water feature. The ones on the North side of the house that get less sun are much slower to change … does that mean my childhood theory was correct.

  3. A correction to my last post: the Fothergillia is not blooming… the leaves have turned a bright orange red.

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