Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; all the rest have thirty-one, ‘cepting Leap Year that’s the time when February’s days are twenty-nine!

And time marches on. Autumn is just around the corner.

I am intrigued by the force of nature, especially during seasonal transitions. In this region of country, we have four seasons. Nature undergoes a cyclical death and re-birth in autumn and spring; summer has the privilege of nourishing new life; winter holds vigil over dormant seeds of next year’s bounty. When the weather is referred to as “unseasonable,” the season adjusts accordingly. We might have to wait to plant our gardens due to lingering frost, but we will still enjoy the harvest when it comes. I like the assurance of such recurring cycles.

Another trip to the arboretum is in order as we begin this transformation. Come along and see how things have changed. Don’t forget to click on the pictures for a closer view.

This part of the arboretum harbors tree nuts. This is a Chinese Chestnut

This part of the arboretum harbors tree nuts like this Chinese Chestnut

I'm not sure of this one, but it sure looks like a pecan tree to me

I’m not sure of this one, but it sure looks like a pecan tree

And here's a fall bloomer - golden rod

Golden rod is a fall bloomer

Ragweed is a big allergen in Kentucky. Golden rod usually gets the blame.

Ragweed is a big allergen in Kentucky. Golden rod usually gets the blame.

Locust tree has many thorns. Wouldn't you hate to be chased by a bear and this be the only tree around?

Locust tree has many thorns. Wouldn’t you hate to be chased by a bear and this be the only tree around?

These are flowering kale "glamour red" plants (they smell like kale, too)

These are flowering kale “glamour red” plants (they smell like kale, too)

Ornamental millet Jester (which means the millet is inedible)

Ornamental millet Jester (which means the millet is inedible)

Strawberry fields (forever)

Strawberry fields (forever)

Fire power heavenly bamboo

Fire power heavenly bamboo

Here's a close up of that puff ball

Here’s a close up of that puff ball

This is the pollinator garden

This is the pollinator garden

Can you spot the four pollinators on these flowers?

Can you spot the four pollinators on these flowers?

The fish pond is my favorite

The fish pond is my favorite

A great day for water reflections

A great day for water reflections

Do you see the little gold fishes?

Do you see the little gold fishes?

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