Though it can be hard (especially last week when plants, pots, & plans exceeded available space), I try to remind myself of the advantages of a very small balcony garden. Here's one: it allows time for long, meandering walks because you don't have to rake leaves.
And here are some moments from the the past three Sunday seawall walks when I looked, wondered and enjoyed.
This arrangement made me wonder: did nature create it or some passer-by with a compulsion to tidy the unruly masses of leaves on the path?
Dragon boats at rest. I paused, too, and let my mind drift with autumn reflections.
A view of downtown Vancouver. One hundred and fifty years ago, I would have been looking at forest of tall trees, perhaps as high as 90 metres (300 feet).
A new-to-me plant & fruit: Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree) berries
The beautiful purple berries of Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion' (beautyberry is its common name)
Hesperantha coccinea - fresh coral-pink blossoms above mounds of brown and yellow, drying leaves.
Nature's palette of pigments: chlorophyll, xanthophyll, carotenoids, anthocyanin. This excellent resource explains the science of autumn colour.
Only 5 more days until next Sunday.
What joys do you find in gardens, not necessarily your own, at this time of year?