Today, the last day of August, signifies the end of summer for me. It was a summer I wondered if I could survive! Record breaking heat, high humidity, and extreme drought took it's toll, not only on nature, but also on individuals.
The rain began to fall yesterday shortly after noon and it's still falling this morning. Isaac has reached Arkansas and brought much needed rain. My rain gauge, which holds 5.5", is running over. It's so wonderful to look out and see the falling rain! We did get some winds, but nothing significant and we kept our power!! Yeah!! Many in our area are without power this morning.
One of the sure signs that it's fall is when my Chinese Fringeflower bushes begin to bloom. They bloom in the spring and again in the fall. I tried my best to keep them watered this summer, they were gifts from my daughter and her family. All the hard work was worth it when I saw their beautiful blossoms. I went out yesterday before the rains began and took a few photos.
I love the way this one turned out...the dark silhouette with little touches of pink blossoms against the stormy clouds.
Each tiny petal unfurls from the center of the blossom creating little pom-poms at the ends of branches which are fuzzy and sparkly. As the weather cools, the foliage will turn a rich burgundy.
These bushes are my favorites. Beautiful year round, easy to grow, and they tell me that fall is on the way!!