I feel somewhat cheated.
After enduring an especially hot Iowa summer, it seems we’ve jumped straight into winter.
It’s rare that we would get a full three months of fall, as the calendar dictates, but it would have been nice to have more than a week or two, (or was it just a day or two?) of mild, sunny days this season.
Still, I was happy to find a few blossoms survived the freezing temperatures that Iowa has already experienced. One of my favorites, the Dr. Seuss-like pink Japanese anemone, which I photographed just before the frost, survived.
A cute miniature rose began blooming after the hard frost and surprisingly, the butterfly bush seemed unaffected by the cold, as was the purple malva. I’m holding out hope for an Indian summer, soon, to enjoy these flowers just a bit longer.