I've enjoyed watching the Calycanthus floridus gradually turn gold while the Phlox 'Nicky' in front of it spits out the last few blooms.
The sight of it cheers me up every time I look out my kitchen window. It's still in full color, as are the Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)the Physocarpus opulifolius 'Monlo' (Diabolo),and the baby Cornus kousa 'Beni Fuji.'
These three are out front, picking up from the Magnolia, which is now completely leafless. This Gillenia seemed to glow from the inside before the fire went out, leaving it dull and brown now. I'm glad I got a shot of these lilies before they turned brown.The Hosta near them had already had their moment in the spotlight and had started to shrivel. Most of these photos were taken on warm, sunny afternoons. The weather has turned nasty now. The sky is gray and the temperature is 36 F (2.4C). There was snow mixed with the rain yesterday and more snow is expected today. My motto for autumn truly is carpe diem (seize the day).