Sunday, September 24, 2006
The granite walls of the courtyard to the side of my house are over ten feet high. I planted this monster just after we moved and it has taken on a life of its own. It is my weather vane and I watch its yearly cycle as I write.
In February it starts, with tiny red shoots covering the dead looking stems and you know that warmer weather is coming. By the start of spring, the whole wall is a vibrant acid green. As the summer hits the green darkens slightly and it keeps this colour until now. Almost overnight it changes, reds, browns and oranges replacing the green. It doesn't stay for long, early October winds will strip it of its coat. It won't be long now....autumn is coming.