A look down the path shows there are still several things blooming. The only downside to this time of year are the pine needles that have started dropping and will soon be tangled in everything.
This is the first year I ever remember the Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Snow Queen' flowers turning pink. Most years by now they are very dry and turning brown.
The big Ponderosa Pine that will be keeping me busy for many months to come. With every rain and or wind that comes through I will be raking and sweeping needles and pine cones. I know that people in other places use pine needles to mulch, but after all the untangling and raking to clean them up I just want them out of my yard, so into the yard waste or compost bins they go.
I'm glad I made the effort to plant so many evergreen shrubs here that keep it interesting all year. The shrubs along the the deck are Sarcococca which bloom with the sweetest smelling flowers late winter.
Hydrangea 'Ayesha' blooms are drying. I'm so glad this one got a chance to bloom this year.
Even the Solomon's Seal is still green. This time last year it was long dormant by now.
Heading back down the path you can see that the Hydrangea 'Pia' in the container loved all the rain we had.
How did I not notice these flowers earlier? Finally the Clematis 'Comtesse de Bouchard' is blooming! I've been looking and looking and never even saw a bud up until the day before.
And just because the lighting on the pond was so pretty I thought I'd finish the end of the walk here.
It sounds like we may get a couple of more days in the mid 70's after lots of rain. That means I should be breaking out the rake soon to start on the pine needles. Luckily raking them is one of Sweet Pea's favorite jobs, in fact she tells me to go back inside when she's raking. It's funny that she loves to do that type of work outside when her room is so messy that a rake is needed to clear the mess.