Fall is here. Yesterday I raked up four wheelbarrow loads of leaves from under the linden tree. And, this morning, I turned the furnace on.
The leaves are just beginning to turn. The lilacs are fading. They will hang on, however, and be one of the last to go.
The Forsythia are showing signs of turning.
The Sundrops are finished, and just waiting for me to go out and cut them down.
They have left behind, however, the rosettes that will be next year's plants.
The Pokeberry that I left to grow by the side of the barn is huge, and beginning to fall over now. I really like this plant, that provides nourishment for so many of the wild critters. Next year, I'll let more of them grow.
This little nest has raised its young and done its job. I'm not quite sure what kind of bird made it. Its not quite big enough for a Robin's nest, though it is put together like one. It fell out of my old Pine tree. That tree always serves as home for any number of birds.
I just noticed that another kind creature that the Pine tree homed this year were the Paper Wasps in this huge nest. It is hanging right over the birdbath that I filled every day, and I never noticed it. I guess if they haven't caused any trouble for the entire summer, I'll just let them be.
Now, the Fall flowers start. My Asters and Mums aren't blooming yet, though they are getting close. But this Devilweed (not the correct name, just what my Dad called it because the darn stuff is so hard to eradicate) is in full bloom. Pity it's such a pernicious plant, because it really is quite beautiful in bloom.
Fall is such a marvelous season, with its beauty and its changeability. I'm glad it's here, and that I'll have the time to really enjoy it this year.