Signs Summer Is Winding Down

“Signs Summer Is Winding Down”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Even though we will still get many days with high temperatures in the 90’s, you can tell that summer is on the wan.  Next Monday is the end of meteorological summer, and, even here where warm weather continues into November, there are signs that summertime is just about over. 


The hydrangeas’ flowers are all turning from green to a rosy pink with flecks of brown.  A sure sign that that they won’t last much longer.  If picked now and dried they make for great fall arrangements.



Even in decline, the hydrangea’s flowers are still striking.  Before you know it, the leaves will start to turn brown and drop off.



Another sign is the blooming of the Sweet Autumn Clematis.  Its bloom period is at its peak right now.  The star-shaped flowers cover the vine, and the bees are busy visiting each one.



The Beautyberry’s fruit have all turned that gorgeous magenta which shows the berries have fully matured – another sign that autumn is knocking on the door.



The little coleus that was planted in the spring, is now a large mass of colorful leaves.  It is hard to believe that such a small plant has grown so big by the end of summer.



And finally, one last sign that summer is coming to an end.  The Texas Star is blooming prolifically, something it does only as summer comes to a close.



So, these are the signs that summer is winding down.  Now, I am on the lookout for the first of the fall flowers to show up as the wheel of time slowly turns.


  1. Nancy Bond said,

    August 25, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    While summer’s end can be a rather melancholy time, it’s still quite miraculous that the seasons continue on, in spite of us, like a well oiled clock. 🙂 Every season has its own beauty — and the beautiful, clear breeze that’s coming in my patio doors this evening (after a 90 degree, humid day) is one most welcome sign!

  2. valwebb said,

    August 25, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Beautiful photos — especially the Texas star. I’m glad we all dodged Fay’s floodwaters along the Gulf (I’m in Mobile). I enjoy your blog!

  3. Anna said,

    August 26, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I agree and all you just said has happened in the last two weeks here. I love the season.

  4. Jan said,

    August 26, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Nancy, I couldn’t agree with you more. You stated the feelings many people have about summer’s end very well.

    Hi, Valwebb. I just had to put in another photo of the Texas Star since I think it is such a wonderful red. I was glad that Fay fizzled out before reaching us. Now, if Gustav would just do the same. We are all a little worried about this new storm but, only time will tell where it will end up.

    Anna, I can’t wait for fall. It is my favorite time of year and is so lovely in the South. Finally, a break in the heat.

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