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I certainly am. This has been one strange summer weather-wise here in the Sierra Foothills. We have had more cloudy days then ever, rain and even cooler temperatures. This coming week the temps are slated to be only in the 80’s.

Because of spring starting so early, trees and shrubs are already changing making it appear to be an early fall. It is not early at all considering their time line. They do not use our calendar, so for them, they are right on time. Here are some photos of the fall I am looking forward to.

Golden hazel nut leaves

Golden hazel nut leaves

A red star

A red star

Greens and yellows in a Redbud

Greens and yellows in a Redbud

The lovely colors on the smoke bush

The lovely colors on the smoke bush

The color of the nectarine leaf looks like the color inside the fruit!

The color of the nectarine leaf looks like the color inside the fruit!

The season will be changing in about 3 weeks. Being housebound has been hard but I hear there are rumors of a road trip and I will be bringing the camera along. Have a great weekend, and I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos.

Be well… ^..^

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This has been a strange year indeed. The world around is not behaving as it has over our time living here. We have signs all around us that may indicate an early fall. Tell me what you think, and look around your neck of the woods and see if you see what I see! Then please do comment if you see signs too!

By this time I would be posting photos of huge plants in my vegetable garden, but this year my tomatoes: One is still 6″ tall, and the other two, are maybe a foot tall. My corn (do you remember the photos from last year?) are maybe a foot and a half tall and are flowering. The zucchini plants are maybe one foot in circumference, and the acorn squash are still 6 inches. The peppers are no bigger than they were at the end of May, and reach 6″ high. Yes this is in the lasagne garden! No garden photos as it is a bit embarrassing!

One of the first things I noticed is that the Chinese Maple is turning color. Here we are at the end of July and this tree does not change color until late September, early October.

The Chinese Maples are turning color

The Chinese Maples are turning color

My Virginia creepers are turning red. They do not turn red, in normal conditions, until October as well.

The Virginia creepers are turning red

The Virginia creepers are turning red

As we hit September, the Digger Pines start to shed, which means needles start to turn brown. When the rains and winds hit in late October early November, they fall and create a lot of work for us. Here is a shot of one of the many Digger Pines in our yard. They are ready to shed needles.

The Digger Pines are shedding two months early

The Digger Pines are shedding two months early

Our Poplar is turning gold and so are others in the neighborhood.

Poplars going gold!

Poplars going gold!

There is a plant in the garden at the winery, and the name of this plant is Spirea. It turns beautiful shades of red in the fall. The leaves are starting to turn as this photo shows.

Spirea are starting to change color

Spirea are starting to change color

The black walnut trees are dropping leaves and the fruit seems to be starting to dry out, which they need to do before the nuts fall. What do you think about the leaves on this tree?

The Black Walnut leaves are going gold

The Black Walnut leaves are going gold

One of the typical sights that we see here in late September are the tent moths forming their webs in the black walnut trees. They showed up this week. This is not the best photo, and the web looks like a face, but here is a tent moth web. There are already at least a dozen on the road on my way to work.

Tent moth webs are early

Tent moth webs are early

So, I have already mentioned that the Digger Pines are shedding, but did I mention that the Redwoods are too?

The Redwoods are shedding too!

The Redwoods are shedding too!

Here is one final shot for you. This one is in the American River Canyon. The leaves on these trees are turning a golden brown!

Trees in the canyon are changing color

Trees in the canyon are changing color

We also have flowers here that are called Naked Ladies. In some areas these are past their prime in blooming and starting to fade. These do not come up until the end of August! As I said in a previous post, we are anticipating harvest of the wine grapes to begin two weeks earlier than in a normal season. Are these signs that fall is coming early? You tell me!

Thank you for visiting today and have a fantastic Thursday!

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Here we are and it is the last Monday of March 2013! Time sure does fly, and it goes quicker the older you get! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was doing a post on the emerging spring, and this morning I thought that I would show you a few of the changes from my garden!

Let’s start with the daffodils. Here they are having emerged from the ground donning their lovely flower buds.

Daffodil buds

Daffodil buds

And here are the resulting blooms.
Daffodils in bloom

Daffodils in bloom

Do you remember the forsythia from yesterday’s post? Well, here are the blossom buds from that plant.
Forsythia buds

Forsythia buds

And here are the blossoms.
Forsythia blossoms

Forsythia blossoms

My coppery looking rhododendron has compact buds…
Rhododendron bud

Rhododendron bud

…and here is the lovely delicate flower!
Rhododendron blossom

Rhododendron blossom

Now for a dramatic change…here is the leaf bud of the liquid amber tree.
Liquid Amber leaf bud

Liquid Amber leaf bud

Here is the leaf bud today.
Liquid Amber developing bud

Liquid Amber developing bud

Such a difference! I will be watching this one to see other changes that occur as this opens up!

Have a great Monday! Thank you for stopping by!

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