The sun peeked out between clouds to light up the burning bush in the park. It's a contest as to which is happening faster - the bush turning red as it should, or going brown from lack of water. It has been a warm, dry summer.
Yesterday we stopped by the local botanical garden on our way to a soccer match.
Color changes were happening there too.
I decided it was about time to take my Nikon out for a tour of my own yard. We haven't done anything but mow the lawn and pick crops for the last month or so, and it's looking rather tumble down.
Tom had picked tomatoes while I was walking. This is just part of the crop. I froze a bag full of plum tomatoes and set aside a bowl of cherry tomatoes for salad and kept part of this basket full and then sent Tom out to distribute the rest to the neighbors.
It has been a good summer for roses and they are still blooming. I haven't been out to deadhead for a while now.
The edging of the patio under the cedar tree still looks great.
This lavender has re-bloomed along with the sedum 'Autumn Joy'.
Hardy fuchsias will go until frost.
The vegetable/flower garden still has color, but it's a tumble down mess.
The chickadees are loving the sunflower heads.
'Pinky Winky' hydrangeas, that bloom white, have gone pink.
I found these lovely "strawberries" on our Cornus Kousa (Korean dogwood)
The clematis doesn't quit!
The leaves on the red Japanese maple have gone green before they turn scarlet but the seeds are showing color.
Hostas are slumping.
The wisteria has set pods.
Seed heads have replaced flowers.
Beware where you walk. It's spider time!
Fall blooming hardy cyclamen are blooming.
It's time for the fancy leaf geranium collection on the porch to be retired. Cutting have been taken and are in the green house.
The full moon maple is just showing a hint of color change.
Golden hop flowers are prolific.
Tomatoes are looking tired, but still ripening.
I need to get out next and find some flowers for the kitchen table. There are still a few worth picking.
Apples are trying to ripen .
One zucchini plant has decided to keep trying.
Cucumbers still appear.
There will be green beans for dinner tonight and maybe another picking or two.
Bye Bye summer. Bring on autumn.