Monday, August 18, 2008

Yard thoughts

We had a few shower-y nights last week, so things are a tad greener around here, but not much. What I thought was a dying oak tree is apparently a small sampling of what is going on in the area. The neighbor who mows my lawn said he heard on one of the local shows that the trees are all going dormant due to the severe water shortage. Some of them are just turning brown, like my oak, and some are turning colors early, like this one in our yard:

So the leaf-peepers may be disappointed this year, as the colors might not be there, or be so early, that those who typically come the second and third weeks of October miss them. I haven't been up on the Blue Ridge Parkway yet, but the show reported some colors changing already.

While wandering around the yard, I found this sole flower hiding under one of the little trees:

It appears to be some sort of lily, but a down-facing one, and it had no siblings. Spunky little thing, don't you think?

I hope it comes back next year and brings some friends.


Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Its a pretty thing too!
Have a good week

MouseChirpy said...

Steph, it is my dream to one day see the autumn foliage colors (something we don't really have here in Hawaii). I'm sorry to hear that some may be disappointed this year. It's so unfair that so many have so little water and some have more than they can handle. Mother nature, wonder what she's up to this year? Hmmm....
Take care.

Catherine said...

Oh, no -- I hope the leaves turning doesn't mean an early autumn!! I love summer -- the more heat, the better!
Wonderful little flower all on its own. How neat to find something like that.

MightyMom said...

It's beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Stephanie.
I love your flowers.