Fall colors are going to be late this year and likely not as pretty as in other years due to the dry weather, the need for rain, and warmth that is lasting too long. We need a cold front, and some rain!! I cannot find much in the way of color yet. We should have some by now as our peak is usually the second week of October. Some of the Bradford Pear trees have begun to change in town, but on our property not much is happening. Well, except for the stupid locust trees that are raining brown leaves on the driveway. Everything else is staying green for now.
Up on the veranda, the geranium decided to have one more burst of hot pink blooms. Not one of my fall colors, but it didn’t care about my color scheme or the harvest wreath hanging near the door.
In the large pot near the front door, a volunteer yellow double begonia came up totally unexpectedly. I planted these last year, but went with the white single begonia this year. It sure took its time, not flowering until now.
The white impatiens continue to bloom, amazing that they just don’t seem to want to quit. But I am sure that the warm weather is responsible. All three pots under the little tile tables look like this one.
The watering can plants have struggled a little, never really taking off the way I had hoped. But this intrepid pink impatiens finally bloomed nicely. All the lobelias are done and gone.
The purple torenias in the hanging baskets are still blooming some, but are looking really ragged. If it wasn’t for the hummingbird still visiting them I’d take them down. She stopped by yesterday and hovered right in front of me as I was watering them. The yellow torenia is still going, but it is winding down too.
The flowers themselves are also much paler in color, but still pretty. I would have cleaned them up a bit, but it is just still to warm for me. Pulling weeds, cleaning up the grass in the beds, and deadheading the flowers is all on the list of things to do. Maybe early next week when we are supposed to get a little cooler.
So, I looked around for some fall color, and all I can find is this little bit on a maple tree up the mountainside.
And just a little bit in this tree on the north side of the house.
The rest of the forest all around our home is still green to the west, …
green to the east…
and more green in the back.
A few visitors came by, nine turkeys all hungry for the acorns falling all over.
I tried to get some pictures of them in the field but they ran off pretty fast.
There was some color in the sky one evening last week.
I hoped they were bringing rain, but alas, not to be. Still the evenings are cool, and it is nice to sit on the veranda in the rocking chairs and watch the light play in the clouds with the setting sun.
In other news…
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So what are you up to? Gardening, sewing, reading?