Early Fall

  • We have had quite a few very chilly  mornings (  a few in the low 40’s ) but the afternoons have been pleasant, warm and sunny. The finches are still around, chirping their sweet songs and feasting on the sunflowers though the majority of the tall yellow sunflowers are spent now.

Sunflowers almost done

  • The zinnias and many of the flowers in the front and sides of the house are still going strong.

flowers in bloom sept 23

  • In the back the cleome does not look as if it will ever stop blooming and recently I was lucky enough to get a few shots of the cardinals that visit in the morning.

Cardinal sunflowers and cleome another view Cardinal and Cleome and Sunflowers

  • There is a row of tomatoes on the back porch slowly ripening,  though the plants are about done now. A few green ones left…though with the cool weather now I doubt I’ll do anything with these green ones but make some Fried Green Tomatoes one day soon :) These are the last of the ripe ones…many had blight and once I pick the green ones I’ll start to tear everything out.

tomatoes on the vine almost done

Still a few green ones left

  • As of the last weekend in September, while a few leaves have fallen here and there, there is still little change in foliage, and the neighborhood was still summer-like. Summer flowers still blooming and we were all out mowing grass as usual.  The scent of fresh mowed grass is always wonderful but it is particularly wonderful when the temps are not above 80 degrees, there is zero humidity, and a gentle breeze is wafting through the air. Our little borough has a Pumpkin Festival mid-October, so the first weekend in October is generally when everyone gets their Fall or Halloween decorations out on display.




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33 Responses to Early Fall

  1. Poppy says:

    Hi Debra,

    Gorgeous, bright blooms and veggies, still! Wow! You guys are doing better than us here in the Mediterranean! Love the pic of the cardinal…its red and it’s a bird, what’s not to love? Btw, didn’t know that about the grass and how its scent is affected by all those factors! I always learn something new every time I visit you! :-D


  2. Mdmsamm says:

    You have a beautiful eye …and patience

  3. Eileen says:

    Your flowers are beautiful and I love your pretty cardinal. The weather here has been beautiful too. Lovely photos, have a happy week ahead!

  4. Lavender Cottage says:

    You have a nice variety of flowers and cleome are such little work horses, aren’t they?
    Perhaps the cardinal is attracted to the red sunflower.

  5. You have such a pretty variety of brightly coloured flowers. Mine are almost all spent, but the tomatoes carry on and I’m pleased to keep picking them.


  6. Your tomatoes have done so well. Ours never really took off but we had a few cherry tomatoes with our dinner tonight! And I love your pretty cardinal! Enjoy your evening my friend!

  7. Carol Cook says:

    Our weather is still warm and sunny, but due to our puppy trashing the garden in August, I don’t have sweet flowers like yours.

    My mums are ready to burst open any day now. I think they are holding out for October 1.

  8. Barb says:

    The cardinal and the sunflower really pop! I love Zinnias, but mine always get mildew. My tomatoes are soon kaput, too! Happy fall.

  9. Jane says:

    Do your zinnias come back every year? They seem to bloom so long, I am thinking of planting some next year if I can find the space. My grandfather had them everywhere, I just can’t remember if they are annuals or perennials. Pretty!

    My tomato plants just did not get enough sun this summer. I planted them in containers and they grew like crazy, but just not enough sun where I had them. Better luck next year!

    Have a great week, Deb!


    • debralynnpugh says:

      Hi Jane…the zinnias are annuals but the bloom is long since I start them from seed. What I did this year was save some of my seeds from last year, as in taking seeds from the flowers themselves, but I was nervous that might not work, so I bought a packet of seeds as well. I have a new one today, lol ! It was back in the veggies, tucked among the tomatoes and here on Sept 30 it just came into bloom! They are easy and hardy and will last until the first frost, though :)

  10. Vickie says:

    Your flowers are lovely, and I love the pictures of the cardinal! Years (and years) ago I experimented with making green tomato pickles. They used to be a favorite with my grandma. They were actually good! Maybe you should try this.

  11. You still have pretty flowers and things growing! Yes..our mornings are getting colder too..

  12. Debbie says:

    beautiful pictures! wow!

  13. Joyce says:

    Stunning photography! I ordered a new camera today. Won’t ever be as good as you are but I’ll sure try to meet you halfway. It’s not just the camera, of course. You’ve got to have the eye for composition and the skill to look for lighting and focus. You’ve got everything down right!

  14. Grandma Kc says:

    Joyce is right — you do capture wonderful pictures. That cardinal is so pretty — they were always my Daddy’s favorite and I miss both of them.

  15. allyjo says:

    Your photos are nice; I like how you captured the end of summer so well. Zinnias are my favorite.

  16. Delightful! It still looks like summer there to me. ;))

  17. Barb says:

    I love the collage – the skirts are sweet. Your stalking paid off!

  18. Barb says:

    Whoops – I meant to post this on the more recent post!

  19. Quilt Story says:

    Not a bird expert here! But I love your pretty pictures! :)

  20. Beth says:

    Your flowers look beautiful, Debra. Loved seeing all the color still present in your gardens. Enjoy your tomatoes! Ours, too, are slowing down greatly as the seasons change.

  21. melanie says:

    Loved the pictures! Yes freshly mowed grass smells so much better when the temps are below 80! Have a great weekend!!

  22. Stephanie says:

    How nice to still have blooming flowers and your photos of them are gorgeous.

  23. Hootin' Ann says:

    Oh I would give both my ovaries for cool mornings like you’re having. We’re still getting 90 degree highs here in South Texas.

    LOVED the cardinal shot on the fence with the matching colored flowers!!

    I’m new to Random 5 this week, and thought I’d try and get the gist of it all by paying you a visit!! Happy weekend.

  24. Snap says:

    Beautiful shots. Love the cardinal. Fried green tomatoes sound good to me!

  25. Velva says:

    I love the beautiful weather too! Enjoy. Happy autumn.


  26. A sweet little cardinal! I still have unripe tomatoes in my garden!

  27. Nancy says:

    Lovely, lovely fall flowers… aren’t zinnias just the best? Mine have been blooming all summer!

  28. Beth says:

    gorgeous blooms (zinnias) & i love female cardinal. ( :

  29. k and S Inn says:

    Number 3 photo is totally awesome shot – that’s my favorite today.. cardinals are one of my favorite back yard birds..

  30. Rose says:

    Enjoyed reading your 5….our tomatoes did not do good this year…haven’t had a decent tomato in a month.

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