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The light is waking me earlier. It stays later. It’s still only August, which in the south is often the coldest time of the year – or at least, it was in the 1970s and 80s – but is not here. Here, in the south of the north, we don’t have lambs reminding us that winter will end and summer is coming, as I had every year as I was a child. But we do have the trees. I’ve only seen one kowhai in flower so far. They will come.

But the magnolias? They’re out in force, in my neighbourhood, in my father-in-law’s old neighbourhood and on the way to his new retirement home only five minutes from us, and next to the place where we park our car when we were visiting him in hospital (see below). Their colours make me smile after months of unrelenting green. Most are pink, some are white, one – which I might photograph for another tree week – is a gorgeous deep plum colour.

Other trees, such as this one, is still firmly in winter mode. I actually think I like it better in winter – its nicely pruned shape, and its stark white branches. I’ve often meant to use it for a regular tree post, so I’m sneaking it in here. (Besides, I haven’t done a tree post since June, so the least I can do now is include two!)

Our oak tree is starting to form buds, so it might soon be time to change my blog header (which shows its last leaf). But it would be easy to miss these signs in Wellington, a city that is firmly enveloped in evergreen trees and ferns, and where we have to make an effort to notice the changing of the seasons. In some ways, that makes me appreciate them even more.

Another in the Thursday Tree Love series – find all the other bloggers doing it here.

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I love this tree in most seasons. It sits on the corner of the street where my husband grew up and my father-in-law still lives, at the edge of a park and playground area. I have been driving past it regularly for more than 30 years, but thanks to Thursday Tree blogs, I actually notice it these days.

It is a lush green in summer, inviting you to sit underneath its shade with a friend or a book or an ice-cream on the way back from the shops. But it is truly spectacular in autumn. Last Friday was my first visit to this suburb since our lockdown began in March, when it was still summer, and so I was amazed at the change in colours. I took this photo on our way home, but wish I had stopped on the way there, as the light at the time on the trees accentuated the sculptural nature of the branches, and made the leaves glow. Even though the light had dimmed somewhat, it’s still lovely.

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Another in the Thursday Tree Love series – find all the other bloggers doing it here.

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I pass this tree regularly on my walks around the suburb. It’s lovely and lush when it is green in the summer, and it is pretty in autumn, as it has gradually yellowed. Now though it is losing its leaves. Winter is coming.

A tree with golden leaves that are starting to thin as autumn progresses

Another in the Thursday Tree Love series – find all the other bloggers doing it here.

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