Thursday, September 30, 2010

Signs of the Season

Well, autumn is definitely upon us. Here are shots from the yard just to prove it:

Plague of acorns. I am not kidding. Acorns are dropping in epic proportions. Walking around the yard is like walking on ball bearings. The clatter of acorns dropping on the roof and deck from our very tall and mighty oak trees makes it sound like a war zone. Come by and visit, if you like, but wear a hard hat.

Inching along. This fuzzy little fellow almost ended up on the curb in a barrel full of acorns, but I rescued him at the last minute and moved him to higher ground. Someone out there may be able to look at his stripes and give us a winter weather forecast. Although I'm thinking the plethora of acorns is probably all the forecast we need. Prepare for snow.

Toad lilies. These delicate little flowers are autumn-blooming lilies. And the best part? Deer don't like them. Don't ask me why, but even with all those acorns to feast on the deer are still decimating the rest of my garden.

Autumn rose. This little beauty surprised me yesterday.

Last blooms. The stonecrop (or sedum) are among the last of our flowers on the scene each season. Pumpkins and Indian corn can't be far behind when these beauties show their heads.

Still waiting for the trees to turn, but that will come soon enough...


Cindy said...

Our yard and deck are exactly the same with the acorns! Last year we also had a bumper crop. I thought it was because of all the rain last summer, but this year we had hardly any and still the over abundance. Yesterday I found one stuck between the dog's toe pads! Sounded like she was tap dancing! It gets really fun walking down our hill in the backyard after all the leaves fall on top of them. Would make a great America's funniest video!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Gorgeous Mary. Thanks so much for the beautiful photos that brought me right into your neighborhood. I feel like I was out in the yard with you, welcoming the feeling of fall. :) I'm going to be in PA next week. I heard it's still green there, not so many fall colors. I was hoping for some colors! Maybe I'll see some glimmers of that.