Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday wonders - Y

Y is for Year.  The clues are all adding up: this year is slowly fading.

But, like the aging boomers, some plants seem to want to hang on to their youth.  I'm not sure why so many of the vine maples have these fresh-looking toupees perched on top of their bare branches. 

Others, like the blueberry bush, go out in a blaze of glory.  The whole garden glows just before these leaves fall to the ground.  Then, there's a bright carpet of red.

Some flowers just keep on keepin' on.  Even though the frost has come a couple of nights, there are still vibrant pink flowers, buds and green leaves on this hollyhock.

Now, the Beautyberry does exactly what it's supposed to be doing.  It produces exotic purple berries to feed the many birds that visit.  These berries will endure through the winter.  For some reason, and it may be timing, the robins do not eat them.  So, while the mountain ash berries are stripped off in a matter of days, these are eaten in a more thoughtful manner by smaller birds.

And, as if I hadn't got all those clues sent out by's the clincher:

I get an extra hour of sleep - totally unnecessary - and it will be dark sooner this evening.


Rudee said...

I love the way the birds have left some of the berries on our trees. Flocks of birds will descend in the deep of winter and gorge themselves on the leftover bounty, but not a one touches them now. Come January and frigid temps, the story changes.

Your garden still looks lovely.

I appreciated the extra hour this morning.

Mimi said...

Love your picture of the blueberry bush, isn't it amazing for such a small little bush, berries then beautiful dying leaves. So much pleasure from such a small plant.
Our clocks went back a week ago, so we're well into the winter groove now, and first frost was last night!
New season taking over! Time marching on.

Ginny said...

These berries ARE beautiful! Are they really this rich pastel lavender color? I have never seen a hollyhock this huge!! The robins here fly away for the winter, maybe if yours do too, there would be no need for the berries?

My Kid's Mom said...

I've never seen those berries before! Very interesting - are they perhaps not ripe till the winter?

Farm Girl said...

I would love to have a extra hour of sleep. My husband dreads the time change and gets up at 4:00 instead of 5:00 but I got lots done today and yesterday. :)


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