Another year, another year of Ginkgos and leaves. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of these ancient leaves with their wonderful color, vein pattern, and shape. There is no more classic leaf shape to me than these. I guess because I’ve lived in this house for 35 years and I have two huge, female trees that drop the stinky fruits. This year was a very, very dry year of fruits, thank goodness. Last year we have many, many thousands. This year just a few hundred.
I just went outside two days in a row and and took these photos. The leaves only really last a few days. Some years, we have a freeze after the leaves have started to turn and in that case, the leaves can all drop in a few hours in wonderful carpets of green and yellow. I guess the freeze hits the place where the leaves join the tree, which are weakened. In any case, the leaves drop much wetter than most other leaves, so they are tough to rake or blow, in general.