Lots of red in the landscape these days – from the crabapples in the grocery store parking lot…
to the zinnias in the front yard…
and the yarrow in the herb garden.
The trees have yet to do much changing, but the maple in our side yard – always one of the first trees to change each year- is already littering the driveway with leaves.
After red, purple is the color of choice. I love this morning glory that sprung up of its own accord and overran the backyard bird feeder.
I haven’t planted morning glories for years, but they continue to surprise me each year – descendants of plants I introduced to that spot several summers ago.
The last round of spiderwort flowers – something the bees always appreciate.
And, speaking of bees, I was surprised to see the bumblebees so enamored with my basil plants.
I’d been feeling guilty about neglecting the basil this year – for not doing more with it. But, the bees seem to approve, so I feel better.
No sign of the monarch from the front yard chrysalis. In the meantime, these caterpillars popped up in the yard last week:
We think they will eventually become Fall Webworm Moths.
As to Fall, itself, we continue to swing between warm, muggy days, and cooler, misty days.
Days like the latter inspire baking. I find myself wanting to make things like chicken pot pie:
and carrot cake:
Really, I ought to make carrot cake more often. It’s such a delicious way to get your vegetables. And, if your recipe includes pineapple, walnuts, and coconut (as mine does), so much the better.
From the dining room table, confessing that I had a slice of the above cake with my breakfast this morning (I classed it as a breakfast pastry),