Autumn is here, and the recent hellish heat wave has given way to cooler weather. According to the U of I frost tracker, the first freeze of the season is only a few weeks away, which will mean bye-bye flowers. It was a good year for blooming around here, with new plants and old offering lots of color.

I took a lot of photos.

Have some hydrangea, hibiscus, roses, my favorite begonias, and a new find, Empress verbena.

And mushrooms. There’s always room for mushrooms.

Limelight hydrangea

Rescue rose from a half-price table

August’s Hardy Hibiscus

Boletus bicolor? hiding amid the greenery

This begonia photographs bicolor, but it’s all orange

That thin line of spider silk

Red & yellow

Yellow seems to photograph best

Empress verbena