Ah, Fall...

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus

Every year at this time, the Sedum Autumn Joy turns this glorious rust color you see above. 

It starts changing in the last weeks of August. As the days and weeks pass, the color predictably deepens.

Farther down the patio fence, you see some plants, like the chartreuse sweet potato vine, at the very peak of lush. 

The peppermint next to it is full of scent and growing wildly in every nook and cranny. The plants and flowers have reached out to one another until they blended. It is hard to see where one ends and the other begins.

This is the time of summer's last stand. 

Fall has arrived. On the calendar at least. Not in the temperature. 

Not yet.

The Black-eyed Susan is all eye and no flowers. What's left of the golden flower petals have dried up and turned under.

The purple-leafed sweet potato vine curls around the driftwood, clinging to the end of summer. 

The patio garden is going through the motions as it always does year after year. The vines trail and curl and reach toward the sun. 

Very soon the plants will, together as one, wave goodbye and sleep until spring.

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” ― Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost



  1. The temperature hasn't caught up in NJ either! It's been SO hot! Enjoy your week!

  2. Even though the temperature is high in your area, the greenery and shade makes your patio look cool and inviting. The Autumn Joy sedum is a favorite of mine. Yours looks quite lush and full. We will have temps in the 80s the next few days here in central KY, then it will drop to the mid-70s which will be very welcome.

  3. It is very hot here, too. I'm getting tired of all the watering and am ready to just let my flowers go. The temps are supposed to be much cooler after Tuesday. Can't wait.

  4. Your patio plants and flowers are still looking very lush and pretty.

    It's been terribly hot here in Missouri. My plants and flower beds are just about fried. My zinnias are done for and I'm ready to pull them as soon as we get a day in the 80's instead of mid to high 90's. I planned on pulling them during a little cool spell we had a few weeks ago, but didn't get around to it. That turned out for the best because just three days ago a little emerald feathered hummingbird came and visited every zinnia left blooming. I guess he was fueling up for his long journey to his winter home. I hope he makes it back to my zinnia garden next year.

  5. Its hot here too. I am ready for a break in the weather. Your garden still looks magical.

  6. We've had the weirdest September so far, it's been ridiculously hot....but it's going to break on Thursday with a high of 60 and night temps in the 30's. That should send us back into fall mode!

  7. Ah, your garden is wonderful and you are an excellent gardener...


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