As the summer sun sets into autumn,
the final rays of the season of warmth and light kiss Mary and her elephant ears.
The equinoxial garden is looking a bit ragged,
though the landscape is yet green and vibrant.
Plenty of life and color remain to entertain the gardener.
The various zinnia patches embrace the season with the zest we have come to expect of them.
Sharing their light and soil
with a wildflower
The woods are ready to emerge back into the light.
The dense canopy of maple trees has performed brilliantly this summer, protecting the woodland flowers from the harsh sun.
Bloodroot, Queen of the spring forest, has enjoyed the shady summer amidst the trees.
So has the wild ginger.
as has the Jack-in-the-Pulpit, though all that remains of that crafty plant is his stunning seed head.
As we move on from summer, we must give a hearty shout-out for this GREAT DOG, who transformed from to subordinate pup to the dame of the grounds upon the death of her old friend and mentor, Skipper. She took it well. Dogs do.
If we’re calling out the pets, we must also give Ninja Kitty credit for her thousand ridiculous summertime antics, summarized here by a lovely pose in the rhododendron.
Meanwhile, the gourds of Gourdtopia are prepared to fade into the fall
with the immense satisfaction of having spread so ambitiously, they managed to cover the roof of the playhouse,
overwhelm the fence,
and leave behind a stellar crop of curly tendrils
along with a few handsome gourds.
But don’t be fooled by all of that. The driving goal of the gourd community was to put a strangle hold on the burning bush. In the final days of summer, they finally achieved that lofty goal.
Poppy, the star of the summer bloom season, saved one final show for the equinox.
The nasturtia are on a roll, prepared to bloom right up to the first frost.
All the while playing with the classic autumn bloomer, the mum.
The Rudbeckia family of Gloriosa Daisy and Black-eyed Susan are enjoying a little autumn renaissance
while playing host to the Praying Mantis family.
The Cannas remain stellar.
The white phlox dances a little jig underneath the elephant ears.
Summer is over yet the garden grows on.
How to best sum up the changing season?
How about this? A photo taken as the sun sets immediately prior to the moment of the technical, geographical equinox. Nasturtium grows wild up over the old stand of Gloriosa Daisy. The symbol of the summer bloom season overwhelmed by a rogue annual growing hell-bent towards the first hard frost.
Close-up, it looks like this.
Yet in the foreground, we see this.
A hopeful sign as we celebrate the Autumnal Equinox. Have a wonderful fall!