...but the tell-tale signs of fall have begun to appear.
The maple tree leaves are turning:
Other trees are beginning to lose their leaves:
and those nasty Boxelder Bugs are back:
They cause no damage, but anything that swarms about my head as I walk by tends to freak me out a bit:
Oregon is known for summer weather that can extend sometimes into October. My garden is loving this.
I can smell the grapes now when I pass by:
The pears are ripening:
...and the (from left to right) cucumber, lemon cucumbers and birdhouse gourds are going strong:
I grew the birdhouse gourd plants as a fun experiment and they clearly like it here. This plant is growing up into the apple tree:
Tender zucchini is ready for the picking:
and the yellow squash is growing like mad:
These are another garden first for me:
...which is why I am concerned and confused that some of the yellow squash appear to be molding on the vine:
The red bell pepper plant is still producing. The peppers are quite small but delicious:
All my fussing about not having any ripe tomatoes has ceased. We're getting delicious La Roma and Yellow Boy tomatoes:
And we'll be swimming in cherry tomatoes soon:
So, even though fall officially started a week ago, summer in Oregon continues...
The bees are still doing their thing:
The donkeys are still running:
and when they're not running, they're wrestling:
and when they're not wrestling, they're playing ball:
The chickens are still free-ranging in the sun:
And farmgirl Roxy still gets to hang her head out the window when we go for a ride: