Friday, 17 October 2008

Burning bush

I've said before, I'm not a gardener, but over the next few weeks something will have to be done in the way of pruning and tidying, and in fact I've made a few brief forays.  However, amidst my general lack of energy for things horticultural, this tree/shrub really does it for me.  It's a rhus or a sumac, and most of the year it's fairly ordinary, and if anything a bit of a nuisance because it grows at an amazing rate and new sprouts emerge in the soil and the lawn.  But at this time of the year, it comes into its own, and for me is a high point of Autumn.  The photo wasn't taken this year as it's past its best, but still it displays its glory.  And as with many of the trees at this time of the year, it speaks of beauty, even in death.

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