I got out my camera yesterday and spent some time in the garden
These have been blooming nearly all summer and are still going strong - Gaura Pink Butterflies. Very pretty but they have a tendency to sprawl so would be better staked.
Visiting mourning dove taking advantage of some spilled bird seed beside the house:
My Viburnum plicatum - Doublefile Viburnum is starting to show signs of Fall colour:
And so is my neighbour's Euonymous elatus - Burning Bush - which is definitely beginning its burn
Lots of berries - these are the Virginia Creeper that has pretty much taken over the shed in the back (my neighbour 2 houses up planted it years ago and now I can't get rid of it but it does have its advantages - covering the ugly shed is one and its fall colour is the other):
And another volunteer tree - maybe a Hawthorn although I have never tried very hard to identify it and have never seen it with so many berries. The birds don't eat these:
Caryopteris bought a few weeks ago at Home Depot is blooming. It is bluer that this and the leaves are silver - quite lovely and a fantastic colour particularly at this time of year when everything seems to be orange or rust
A macro shot of its tentacles - would make a great looking alien I think
Cimicifuga racemosa or snakeroot/bugbane blooming in spite of it being nearly crowded out by other plants. This was one of the most expensive perennials I have ever bought - cost me $25.00 for 1 plant about 15 years ago - can't remember ever spending that much on a single plant before or since:
Cornus kousa - the one last sputnik left
Acer palmatum or Acer japonicum in the back right by my deck - ready to make more acer babies
Ready for his close up - very narrow depth of field - look at the next one for a slightly different version of the same shot
And one of my favourite plants - Anemone japonicum or Japanese Anemone - blooms from August through the Fall in pink - there is also a white version.
Ancient apple tree across the street.
Heavily laden with apples that will pretty much all end up squished on the street and ferment making for a scent of apple cider for the next few weeks.
Shots taken with my Nikon D70s and my 105mm macro lens.