Autumn is on its way
The days are still warm but the nights are noticeably cooler now. As you can see in the largest square, some apples are ripening! Then moving clockwise, notice the Virginia creeper berries (Parthenocissus quinqefolia) are very blue even though the leaves are still very green. Only a few St John's wort (Hypericum) blossoms are still flowering and the Joe-pye-weed (Eupatorium purpureum) is beginning to fade - the monarch butterfly doesn't appear to notice, though. Bittersweet (Celastrus) berries have turned golden but have not yet opened to reveal their orange interior, and the asters (not sure which variety) are just beginning to share their autumn beauty.
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