The Spawn has been very sad lately because the flowers are all gone. Of course, we've explained about seasons and all that good stuff. Given that she's two and a half though, I don't think she really understands the concept yet. We seem to have settled on something along the lines of "they're sleeping until spring".
Not all the flowers are sleeping. There's still some Queen Anne's Lace. Dandelions, of course, hang on till the bitter end. Even the roses are still doing their thing to some extent. But the leaves are turning and fluttering gently down. The rains have definitely started. And the spiders are mostly gone.
Yes, summer is spider season, autumn is leaf season, winter is rain, and spring is flowers. Not bad spiders, and I've been trying to keep the Spawn from getting a spider phobia (she's just gotten over the chicken one), but lots of them and webs EVERYWHERE you want to walk. How's that for digressing. Must be past my bedtime.