Where some parts of the garden represent achievement and change, like the vegetable plots, fruit trees and chicken run, other parts are bare, dormant until their time comes.
Our garden is greening up with the coming of winter, which I suspect is a bizarre concept to those in the northern hemisphere. Our summers are hot and dry, our plants struggle and leaves turn brown. Autumn has brought a few heavy showers and cooler days, giving the plants time for healing as they remind me of nature's amazing resilience.
The cooler weather also brings weeds. From our front door I see sour sobs attempting to make their mark. I see leaves shedding from the deciduous trees and new growth on native shrubs. Autumn is like that.
My little gardener heart jumps a beat or two every time I see new growth on the plants we've added to this grown-up garden, and I look forward to caring for it in a big way through building it new retaining walls. I hope that with new structures and plantings the garden will have a greater representation of us.
This post was part of You Grow Girl's Grow Write Guild.