|Tansy (not yet in bloom), Sweet William, Bird's Foot Trefoil|
|Nikko Blue Hydrangea|
Walks are quiet affairs in these late summer hours, with newly dropped leaves crackling underfoot and the slightly sweet scent of ripening foliage, fruit and seeds. The light is longer, slanted and thinner, just slightly so, but a reminder of shortened days soon to come.
The birds are mostly quiet now, except for twitterings and chatterings, and little off-notes sung by this year's fledglings practicing their songs.
The butterfly bush sends it's spicy aroma around our little forest clearing on even the slightest breeze. The Nikko Blue Hydrangea's fall over, so heavy with blossom, they bend to the ground. I fill up buckets and pots, along with sprigs of butterfly bush to scent the rooms, a lovely luxury this time of year.
With the markets full of fresh fruit, vegetables and berries, I indulge in meals of extravagant portions savoring the sun ripened, sweetened goodness.
I love these quiet late summer days. A time to savor, reflect on the season, and enjoy each precious day of lingering sunshine.
What is your favorite part of this season?