While most of the leaves have dried up and turned brown, I still have ripening fruit on three of my tomato plants. These are Celebrities, and I have Moskvitches and Brandywines on the vine. With the cooler days and nights, and the lower sun in the sky setting earlier in the afternoon, I'm not sure they'll all ripen, but I'm going to leave them on the plants until the very last day. I check the weather online everyday, and will pretty much know when the first frost is coming, and I'll go out and pick whatever is left. Fried Green Tomatoes, anyone?
I'm not a mycologist, and I don't even play one on TV, so I won't be ingesting these cute little Mushrooms. They're popping up all over the garden now that we're getting more rain and most of the vegetables have been pulled. Notice the leaves on the ground. Very few trees have turned color yet, almost none in fact, but I'm still seeing a lot of dead leaves blowing around. I hope it's not going to be one of those years where the leaves just drop instead of putting on a show first!
B O N U S P H O T O — Not a tomato or mushroom, and this dahlia wasn't pink or blue for the post below, so it's a bonus photo today, lol. The centers are purple until they open up to a uniform cranberry color. I wish all of my dahlias had started flowering earlier, the variations in flowers on each plant this year is absolutely fascinating. I'm really going to try to save the corms over the winter. I'm going to pull them after the first killing frost, and keep them dry and cool (but not cold) in boxes filled with sphagnum moss. Hopefully they'll go dormant but not die and I can plant them next May 15th.