Taking Stock of the Neighborhood

Posted by mrssmythe on August 12, 2015 in Garden, Ginger's Snaps, Seasons |

Ginger and I have been walking through the neighborhood this week – taking stock of things we haven’t seen for weeks (we’ve been at the pond), noting changes in the neighbors’ yards, taking photos of what’s blooming.


Hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are what’s blooming right now. A neighbor of ours has five-year-old bushes that are taller than I am. They’re absolutely loaded with blossoms. She was out trimming them this evening when Ginger and I passed. We expressed our admiration, and she offered us a bouquet.

“I look like a bride!” Ginger noted, as we left, loaded down with flowers.

And, you know, she was right.

Meanwhile, at the playground, apples are ripening.


Actually, it’s only one apple. The tree is a young one, and the fruit you see here is its entire crop. But, still, it’s a fine one.

While Ginger played on the equipment, I walked around the grounds – surprised by how many plants had berries on them.


Berries of all colors.


These were an especially nice shade of blue. Very pretty.


Of course, I haven’t any idea what any of these are. But, I imagine the birds enjoy them.

And, finally, I have to include a photo Ginger took yesterday when we were out walking after a morning rain storm.


Yes – it’s true. We’re already seeing signs of leaf change here. Not much, of course – just little bits of red here and there – but it’s impossible to ignore.

From the dining room table, with three vases of hydrangeas now scattered throughout the house,

Mrs. Smythe

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  • Amy says:

    I was just thinking most of those colors in the photos were the colors of autumn–then the last photo. Be still my heart . . .

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