For those of us whose habitat is in the area of the 45 parallel we experience 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall. Each season has a plant growth specific to that season.
Typically, new buds and fresh green shoots poke their heads through the fertile earth in Spring. Summer produces blossoms and blooms that bear witness to the warm, long days of that particular season. And of course, Fall... or Autumn, as some call it, has the radiant foliage that makes our area of the world forget that in a few short weeks the cold harsh season of Winter will rear its ugly head.
Lately, however, it appears that Mother Nature, ( never did figure out why this term is used. A tad bit sexist, I'd say!) is seriously confused.
I was out in my little garden two days ago,(Nov.7) and took the following photos of plants that are not sure if they are coming or going. They will soon find out!!
Truly representing Fall we have these pics.
A Dutch Maple, that has perhaps only once in the 25-30 years since it was planted, displayed such glorious color. Previously it just faded and dropped its leaves.
I just love the pattern the leaves make on the grass!
This hearty Zebra Mallow, along with a couple of violas still continue to bloom as they did in the Summer.
And, lo and behold, after trimming away dead plants, I found theses optimistic youngsters pushing through the earth, fully expecting to fulfill their destiny!!
Even this lovely rosebud, thinks it is Spring. Alas, I feel it will suffer and untimely demise as freezing rain and subzero temps are in the forecast for tomorrow.
All of this untimely growth does have an upside, though, it is another reminder that hope does spring eternal and change is inevitable.