Portion of the back garden ~ photo taken today:
still a LOT of green (especially for here!) The Hawthorne tree (upper right side of photo) hasn't even turned yet, let alone dropped any leaves.
The berries are gloriously beautiful and will remain so long after the leaves shed.
Supertunia 'bubblegum' truly seems "super." Scraggly but nevertheless, persisting in bloom.
Behind (and to the left) of the garden chair ~ notice that splash of yellow?
It's the fabulous fall foliage of Solomon's Seal ~ something we often miss when fall arrives early.
Turning toward the house, a view down the side garden:
The touch of red compliments of the little Japanese Maple but it's the Oakleaf Hydrangea that's really the star of the border.
Above: a month or so earlier.
The leaves enormous this year.
and barely starting to turn.
It's dominate presence oddly the perfect foil to the dainty yellow waxbells (Kirengeshoma palmata)
The waxbells finished blooming a while ago.
But not before putting on their best display ever.
The back patio is one spot that looks the season.
Waiting still (!!!!) for one garden vine to bloom ~ the Cup and Saucer (Cobaea scandens:)
Loaded with buds but none close to maturity. Sadly, I fear this will not be it's year...
My neighbors Clematis 'Jackmanii superba' faring much better, blooming even now:
Now there is some truth on a chalkboard!