Here is Japanese Barberry putting on a lovely show so late in the season. What never fails to fascinate me is the buds readied for next spring. As William Harlow notes is his Twig Key to the Deciduous Woody Plants of Eastern North America, "...the winter buds of most deciduous trees and shrubs are already sufficiently formed for purposes of identification by July or early August." Perhaps because of leaf cover and flowering, I have failed to place much attention with developing buds. But there they are, all promised for next year.