The summer is close to being officially over. Just a few weeks will usher in fall. I can see the changes coming already. We're surrounded by pine trees that never change color, except when old man winter frosts them. But we have plenty of foliage that does share a final goodbye with us. The colors seem to burst out in a last ditch effort to please. Even with the hot and dry summer, we still have a crayon box full of delight. Grab a seat in the red chairs surrounded by falling leaves and let's see what we find.
The dogwood trees are turning from green leaf to a yellowie red. I don't think you'll find that color name in any crayon box!
From the back deck I spied the slowly turning yellow leaves of the trees up on the hill.
You might spy some of these hanging berry looking weeds. I'm not sure of the name but the deep navy color is interesting.
A wise observer would notice this tree with the lovely leaves turning a bright red...but beware...it's poison ivy!
Soft lavender on sedum.
Periwinkle blue anyone?
Deep oranges and white mums.
The yellows...even weeds have their beauty in the fall.
Up near the "Creepy Woods" is this little crabapple tree. I've never seen it this loaded down with fruit. Pretty, almost red fruit. The deer should love it..and hopefully quit snacking on my blueberry bushes!
Fried green tomatoes anyone? A frequent request around here!
These fall raspberries are our yellow ones. I know they look more pink, but they are a delicate, not as sweet as red raspberries, delight.
We planted late this summer. The pretty green peppers are still coming along.
One of the benefits of planting late is still having these show up on my back deck rail...juicy red tomatoes! They didn't just "show up"..Jack actually picked them. Thanks Hon!
This is a very Ohio tree. It's a Buckeye tree. I think the nickname "buckeye" has to do with Ohio State football or something. What do I know, I'm from Chicago. OK, so I've lived here long enough that I should know but, honestly, I don't really care. It's a pretty tree and it's one of the first to have it's leaves turn color in the fall. And it has these weird pods hanging all over it and then they fall and land in the yard for me to mow over!
Inside these alien looking pods are these: Buckeye nuts! A beautiful brown and tan. I make a candy at Christmas time called "Buckeyes"...they are made of chocolate and a peanut butter mixture, not from these nuts! They look just like them though and I bet they taste a million times better. In fact, I dont' think you can eat real buckeyes. Atleast I'm not going to find out! But I will celebrate the end of this season by appreciating all the color it's leaving us in the many fruits, veggies and foliage spread out like a banquet at harvest time.