Although the weather continues to be quite hot, there are new signs daily that the season is beginning to make a slow change. It's even cooler at night which is a blessing for me as any breaks in the heat are great.
Not only are the virginia creeper (above) starting to add some fall colors to the green, the dogwood trees are forming more and more berries and a few of the leaves are starting to change which is very early for here. The berries will turn red in another month or so.
I hope I succeeded in bringing the photos in with a format so you can click to enlarge. The shot below has birds in the trees but they are going to be hard to see without enlarging. The tree with the birds never did get leaves on the top branches but I know the tree is still alive because it filled out with leaves on the lower branches.
There are still plenty of buds with their promise of flowers well into October unless we have a hard freeze that knocks them out.
If it weren't for the flowers, I wouldn't mind an early hard freeze. I prefer colder weather over the heat. However, I also worry about the farmers and I know that they suffer hardships with crop losses when we have a hard freeze too early and also too late at the other end of the year.
In the North Carolina piedmont, we are usually safe from a hard freeze after mid April and then usually don't have another until sometime after mid October. Of course averages don't always hold and it can be hard for farmers if the freeze dates deviate too much which sometimes happens.
There have been so many rabbits this year that they aren't even startled by me for the most part. They don't bother my plants too much either because of my let them eat weeds attitude. I have discovered, as I'm sure I've mentioned before, that rabbits will feast on weeds if they are available and leave my other plants alone for the most part.
My big crepe myrtle in my back garden is almost finished blooming but the ones in my front garden which have some shade from the oak trees are just reaching full bloom. The one below is about a month behind my others.
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