Each year I am delighted to see the bold blooms of sunflowers arrive but it's bittersweet as I know they are the beginning of the end. The large flowers don't last long before they form seed and are pillaged by swarms of bluejays.
I suspect they are a much needed meal before the start of winter.
I'm not sure why but fall also brings with it large numbers of spiders. They seem to be in overdrive at that time of year, spinning and spinning. Are they too grabbing one last meal before the winter season arrives?
Also working hard are the bees. Late blooming sedum provides a last opportunity to collect pollen before the garden fades away for the season.
By Halloween the garden has completely lost its summer lustre. Instead I'm usually focusing on preparing food from the vegetable garden for winter storage. I wasn't able to grow my own pumpkins this year but that didn't stop me from carving one anyway. I bought myself some fancy pumpkin carving tools this year, expanding my horizons in the art of carving.
Not scary but who can resist a cat?
Along with pumpkins October brings the bright colours of autumn leaves.
Just in time for the chill of winter to settle in.