Colorful autumn foliage would be main attraction of autumn landscape.
Though leaves are changing colors steadily, I'll leave the report of them next time.
This post is about familiar flowers and grasses of autumn
in gardens, fields, or along roadside.
One of the seven grasses/flowers of autumn, "Susuki", or Japanese Pampas Grass,
grows almost everywhere in Japan.
Some mountain slopes covered with them are highlights of autumn.
Susuki catch the light and cause shimmering shades of silver, gold or white.
野菊/Nogiku, literally meaning wild Chrysanthemum, is also seen almost everywhere.
Nogiku is wild plants endemic to Japan that resemble Chrysanthemum.
One of the most familiar Nogiku is Aster yomena but it's not easy to tell apart
from similar species.
Colias erate, or Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow, are often seen around them.
There are various many species of yellow Nogiku, too.
In my garden, 秋明菊/shumei-giku, Japanese Anemone, were unfurling themselves
a month ago.
Japanese name means literally "autumn-bright-Chrysanthemum",
despite of being Anemone family.
The flowers kept blooming a couple of weeks.
A month ago
According to the 24 Solar Terms、yesterday was 立冬/Ritto, start of winter,
when the early signs of winter begin to appear.
It's been so sunny and warm in the daytime while chills of mornings and evenings
have accelerated leaves' turning red.
To become red, leaves need enough sunlight and 8 degrees C at lowest.
These are some of the colored fallen leaves I picked up during a walk.
See you next time!
Linked to Mosaic Monday