Still lots of good stuff going on. I've been practically floating over our mild weather. It makes me want to get greedy and keep the above average temperatures rollin'. I know that can't happen indefinitely ~ I haven't floated that far up in the clouds ~ and the garden knows it too. The landscape is turning glorious shades of red, yellow, orange and brown:
Photo above shows the southwest corner of my backyard ~ Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) is the brilliant red shrub in the foreground and of course, the blazing yellow/gold leaves belong to its comrade the Aspen.
Below, a demonstration of "brown" in the front garden bed ~ set off nicely by the antique iron fence:
Monarch butterflies are really on the move now ~ I've seen a number of them this past week ~ all heading south with purpose and haste! Painted Ladies, unencumbered by the necessity of migration, flit lazily about the garden on bright sunny days:
happily not bothered at all by an "in-your-face" photographer!
Honeybees are taking advantage of the last warm days too ~ like this one laden with pollen from Dahlia 'Rosita:'
Believe it or not, a few of the raspberry canes are still producing berries:
I think this is the latest I've ever been able to pick them?
I'm also enjoying the Virginia creeper vine I started up the chicken wire fence this summer:
The red foliage is a nice addition to an otherwise non-descript fence.
Finally, if all my other senses failed me, I'd know it was Fall by the flats of Apples (from the Western Slope) my neighbor has for sale. She so thoughtfully brought me this 'Fuji' assortment yesterday:
They almost look too good to eat, don't they?!!