I'm really ready for that fall color now. Here's the unremarkable leaves dropping on the driveway under the redbud. The especially ugly crumpled ones are from the silver maples, which I inherited from the previous owner. If silver maples have a redeeming quality, I haven't found it yet.
The dogwoods in our area are definitely turning color, and there's some good color around the edges of the red maples, but no real wow moments so far. The mums I was worried about blooming are now in their glory.
Today was spent entirely in the yard and the weather was just perfect. All my bulbs are in the ground and I got the mowing done...a good day's work.