Here we are at the final batch of photos from 2011. These shots start in mid-summer and carry through to fall, starting with this pink MeadowSweet. I actually like this stage of bloom the best with the tight pink balls, right before the small buds pop open into a frizzy mess of cotton candy petals.
Lettuce can be so pretty. I love the rows of coloured greens. In the photo below the green leaves touched with red blush in the foreground are drunken woman leaf lettuce. This is followed by bright green Simpson Elite and a red oak leaf lettuce. The dark green plato romaine is perfect contrast in the farthest row.
Chamomile attracted loads of insects and my camera throughout the summer with it's simple blooms.
Hot pink zinnias showed up well against a yellow and green background of dill.
I planted Polka Dot Bachelor Buttons this spring and enjoyed blooms from early summer straight through till frost.
A major difference I noted in the garden this year was sound. In late summer every time I stepped out the door I heard the chirping of grasshoppers. Last year the former lawn was just beginning to grow out into a meadow and not a grasshopper was seen or heard. This year they were so abundant they stopped and posed for photographs.
Other critters are starting to make themselves at home too. One evening I was shocked to here a 'PLOP' on the window in front of my computer and see this tree frog grab a moth for his dinner.
There's no water source on our property so I'm not sure how exactly he ended up here but it made me start thinking about creating a small pond for these wonderful frogs.
Another new resident are the foxes. I'm not sure if it's the same one every time but this face is becoming a regular fixture, hunting for mice, around our house.
I'm very excited to see wildlife returning to this property. It makes me feel like I'm doing something right.
The last days of summer wouldn't be complete without the dark yellow tones of Rubbeckia in the garden.
The sun begins to change direction as the days wear on. This photo shows it setting from within the apple orchard.
Finally fall began to set in, changing the birch leaves to yellow.
And oak leaves to red