Actually it’s not really ours, it belongs to our neighbour. Its trunk may be on their side of the boundary but half of the actual tree hangs over our garage and driveway. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago and you can see that the leaves are beginning to change.
It’s a copper beech and is about 50 ft tall. It is absolutely gorgeous to look at, especially in the autumn when all the leaves turn an amazing shade of red-brown. Copper funnily enough!
But it is also a PITA to live with. We can’t use our driveway for most of the year, as in spring we have the stickiness from the buds emerging, in the summer we have the fruits falling and the associated bird sh*t and in autumn we have the leaves. It has a protection order on it, so there is no chance it’s going to disappear anytime soon.
Every year I forget quite how many leaves this tree can discharge. They all seem to drop over a week or two in October and if we are lucky we get a nice brisk southerly wind that blows the leaves into the road and away down the street.
Well, it’s now the end of October and we’ve had the wind. This is what our tree looks like now.
So where have all the leaves gone? Did they end up in the street where they would be neatly packaged up by council street sweepers?
This year they have ended up in our back yard much to the kids delight. And in our gutters.
This year, *someone* is going to have to deal with them.