The vines on the big elm and other trees in the hedgerow across the road always turn their rusty red shade soon after the days begin to shorten and the air becomes crisp. The countryside is full of autumn colors since I took these photos earlier in the month.
The field of corn across the road, and others on the farm, are not quite ready to harvest. Some have been lightly touched by frost.
Here's the Aster I forgot to photograph for Bloom Day.
It's pretty beside the silver Artemesia.
Just over the bank, wild asters are blooming among the seed pods and flowers of Queen Anne's Lace.
Out in the pasture Joe Pye Weed has gone to seed and lost most of its color now, but it was beautiful while the flowers lasted....
Most of the Concord grapes have been harvested.
Some were juiced, and the juice frozen to be made into jelly at a less busy time.
We have a large patch of elderberries growing out in the barnyard, and my dear hubby gathered a good-sized bagful of them. His brother and sister-in-law also brought us 2 large bagfuls from a huge patch they found.
I made juice and froze this also to make elderberry/apple jelly at a later date. The apple juice takes away that slightly bitter flavor that the elderberries have, and the resulting jelly is a delicious treat.
Home canned peaches are one of our favorite foods.
I have one more basketful to finish.
Last year's saved gladiolus bulbs that DH planted were very slow to pop out of the ground in the spring. We ended up with not many plants, and only one that bloomed - a big disappointment after two years of great success planting them in among the vegetables.
American Goldfinches and other birds enjoy feasting on the sunflower seeds.
And this colorful spider has a feast of its own.
Yellow squash produced prolifically, and also yellow zuchinni that DH tried this year, but the regular green zuchinni didn't do well. We had some, but not many to give away. Imagine that! :)The yellow is thicker skinned and we didn't like the flavor as well, but it works just the same for zuchinni bread.
Here's the squash patch. DH gets a bit carried away :) He likes to try different kinds. That's mostly winter squash and jackolantern pumpkins, with a few gourds and ornamental pumpkins mixed in.
Strawberries and Rhubarb grow on the near side. We had great crops of both.
This one's called a "Fairytale" pumpkin. It's not quite big enough yet for Cinderella's coach!
And here's one of the orange jackolanterns. There are a couple of really big ones...our biggest ever.
Our son and DIL are bringing the grandsons for a visit this weekend, and Grandpa will send the two biggest home with them.
I went for a stroll up behind the barn.....
...to photograph the cornfields and wildflowers.
The woods are more colorful now, with more leaves turning their fall shades every day. I'll have to go up again this weekend to get an updated photo.
Back down I go, past the barn, where Jasper (left) and Isabelle (both rather shy kitties) sit on a barn windowsill, soaking up the sun.
And here Isabelle sits on the front porch in the golden glow of afternoon sunshine....