Sunday, August 21, 2016

And before you knew it summer fell into fall...

Friday we got 1.8 inches of rain and things cooled down immensely.  Suddenly it was fall.  My flowers perked up like crazy.  I spent Saturday evening on the porch thankful for everything.  

The scent of phlox filled the air.  The temperature was perfect, not too hot or cold with a touch of autumn crispness.  The sun played with the flower petals making them look like stained glass.  The resident dragonfly's wings buzzed and a mob of robins were chirping their hearts out.  I was sipping my first glass of dandelion wine.  Now I know you are going to ask me the same thing everyone else has asked... "What does it taste like?"  I cannot answer that.  I ate some dandelion petals and they are basically tasteless.  I had my husband try a sip and describe it.  He said it tastes like a white wine.  I guess that is the best description you will get, but I digress.    

It was the perfect late summer evening.  Since I cannot share the sounds, tastes, and smells, I will at least share the sights. 
 This is the only rose that re-bloomed this  year.  It is called Music Box.  I love how it starts out yellow then slowly turns pink. 
 This sunflower is one of many that are throughout the garden.  Some were planted by me and some by the chipmunks.  I love how the sun shines through their petals.

 Bam... the Dolgo crabapples turned red overnight.  I think they will be ready next weekend. The Haralson apples are also plentiful this year. 

 I love our new windmill.  It really matches the rest of the property and hides the well nicely.  It is more stalwart than the last one. 
I am enamored by my Peaches and Cream Hollyhocks.  I get lost in the folds of their petals. They look so delicate and yet they are quite hardy.   
The final feeling of fall came when the robins gathered in groups of 20 or more.  I wasn't able to get a picture of them all.  Hanging out with them was a catbird and tanager.  I tried to get a photo, but they busted me and took off.  Drat.  
 I wish it would last forever.  It is the little things like a perfect late summer evening that make life great.  What is your piece of heaven here on earth?


  1. Your hollyhocks are amazing! I agree that there was a touch of Fall in the air (at least, yesterday there was). I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, though. That's interesting about the robins. -Jenn

  2. What beautiful Hollyhocks!!! Doubles. I think they are fantastic. Your flowers are lovely. I have a windmill that I hope to get up. Yours is just lovely.
    I am so glad you are having such nice weather and I love that you got so much rain.
    Have a lovely week.

  3. That is a very lovely hollyhock. Enjoy this prelude to winter.


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