One of the things I do before I start my day is check the weather forecast on Yahoo. I did exactly that this morning and what d'ya know?! It's a perfect weather today! - H 26° L 14°. By 9.30 am, I was so eager to get out of the house just to send Alden to school.
As I drove to campus, I noticed that the autumn colours are starting to pop out everywhere. The leaves on the trees are turning to brilliant shades of yellow, red, brown and orange, making the whole landscape absolutey beautiful.
March officially marks the season of autumn in NZ but we've been having so many warm days that it still feels like summer to me. But like I said, the telltale signs of autumn are starting to show now. I notice that the days are getting shorter, sunset is happening sooner and the nights are getting cooler. I personally love it cos it's not too hot and it's not too cold. Because of this perfect climate, autumn is said to be the best season for gardening. And indeed, when I look around me, I can see that most of my neighbours have been investing a lot of time beautifying their lawns and garden.
Exhibit A: This house is only a few blocks away from ours.
Exhibit B: A house across the street.
Exhibit C: Another nice house across the street.
Exhibit D: My next-door neighbour
My neighbour, Rag, has green fingers and he takes great pride in having such a beautiful garden. When hubby suggested that he should plant other types of flowers to add more colours and variety to his garden, I wanted to squirm and hide. Why? I'll show you why...
I now present you the most outstanding house in the neighbourhood: My house.
Unlike Rag's, our garden has a modest appeal to it. It's simple, dowdy, boring and samak. We have no fancy colour-coordinated flowers or cute garden gnomes. Instead, we have natural growing flowers, green shrubs and some cute lalangs. It's what I call a minimalist approach to gardening. So now do you see why we shouldn't make comments about other people's garden?
Well, never mind that. Having a less appealing garden can't stop me from enjoying the wonderful autumn weather. Happy Friday everyone :)