I was leaving work one day this week and the sun was back lighting Queen Elizabeth nicely. She is the first rose I planted at school so is special. Since I didn't have my regular camera with me, I decided to play with the camera on my newfangled phone.
I still have trouble looking at a screen instead of a viewfinder and the auto focus is crazy! I wasn't displeased with the macro ability of the phone.
Enough of that. Time to get on the road and run some errands before going home. What on earth is this red stuff by the side of the road? (Yes I stopped.)
So off to Fred Meyer (Grocery, hardware, garden, toy, housewares, a little of everything store.) I'm a lover of fall but this summer seems to have flown by faster than summer usually does and the weather went from being quite summery to being cold and wet in the course of 24 hours. The displays near the entrance took me by surprise. It's October and all but I'm not quite there yet for some reason.
The unkindest blow of all is seeing the outdoor garden area being stripped down to make room for (can't say it - you know that seasonal evergreen stuff.) Thank goodness that we have lots of nurseries in the area that carry plants year round!
O.K. shopping done & I'm ready to go back to the land of seasonal denial! Let's go back home where there is still a little bit of summer to see. The fuchsias are still going strong, bless them!
Sure the new green foliage of cyclamen comes out in the winter, it's green and pretty and LOOKS summery.
Sarracenias not looking quite as youthful as they did a few weeks ago but not brown yet.
Here's a happy group of them that blooms each year to show appreciation for their placement atop the compost bin. It's a win/win situation!
My usual method of solving garden issues is to walk away from them muttering something about things looking better next year.
Hey look, the Magnolia macrophylla has fertilized seed heads for the first time in the 16 years it's been there. It's always bloomed nicely and had green seed heads that aborted fairly early after the flowers were done. Any idea why suddenly we've got seeds?
The tetrapanax thicket in the parking strip has several stalks that are going to try and bloom.
Tetrapanax vs. bamboo. Which do you think will win?
Lobelia tupa just about at the end of blooming.
Clematis seed heads decorating the vine with little ghosts for Halloween. Maybe it really is autumn after all.
Rosa glauca hips agree that it may not be July anymore.
So, are you like the sensible and realistic Rosa glauca, all ready for autumn and that other season that follows or are you more like the impatiens that will deny that it's not still summer until the first frost catches it by surprise?