Yes, I know summer doesn't end for another three weeks or so, but I ain't buying it. Summer ends Sept 1st, and that's OK. I'm ready for the next phase, let's call it "Plants looking awesome as they die". OK, they're not really dying, more like going dormant, but you get the point.
The kids go back to school next week and my daughter is starting kindergarten. She'll be riding the bus for the first time and like most parents, I can't comprehend how she got this old so fast. Same goes with my son as he is entering fourth grade. Dude grows like an inch overnight and I'm pretty sure he has the same shoe size as I do. If anyone out there has discovered a life "pause button" let me know. I'll pay top dollar for it.
Anyway, as soon as we hit September, it was like the plants reacted and said let's start the process of shedding our leaves. Weren't we just enjoying the blooms of early summer? And picking blueberries? Oh well, what can you do, such is life. Now we can enjoy the aster blooms, be inundated with mums in containers everywhere (just threw up in my mouth) and pick apples. Not so bad.
I'll leave you with the signs of autumn (some more subtle than others) I've watched unfold the past two days:
|More Viburnum leaves|
|Amelanchier (Serviceberry) 'Autumn Brilliance'|
|Itea (Virginia Sweetspire) 'Henry's Garnet'|
|Malus (Crabapple) 'Prairie Fire'|
|Miscanthus purpurascens (Flame Grass)|
|Amsonia tabernaemontana (Eastern bluestar)|
Have a great Labor Day weekend!