Welcome, welcome charming friends! It’s back in the 90’s this week, and even though it’s September, it’s still part of the dog days of summer. Let’s not rush the seasons…we need to enjoy each day as it comes and the mysteries that unfold! Sharing my late August garden journal…
September in her finest it is a lovely day
The tiny wrens hop on the ground in search of insect prey
And birds are whistling on the trees in the afternon sunlight
So much to write of in Nature for those who love to write.
The Zinnias have been the work horse of my garden this year. The butterflies and bees love them so! The Zinnia on the bottom is just about ready to open and share her loveliness. If you look real close the top right photo a bee is filling himself on the sweet nectar. Zinnias are great flowers to dry press.
Morning Glories sweeping across the trellis covering the Clematis sleeping underneath.
Cleome is another work horse. Both the Zinnia and Cleome were started from seed in the greenhouse.
My youngin Limelight Hydrangea, only 1 year old as 7 blossoms on her which are spectacular!
Annual Sunflower because is a heavy re-seeder which acts like a perennial who’s height reaches about 1 1/2′. She will bless you with many children that will bloom all season long, all they need is a little clipping here and there!
Helianthus is the perennial Sunflower. It grows much taller, 5 feet, and as perennials do has a bloom span unlike annual which blooms all summer long.
I didn’t spot my Aster’s blooming until the blooms were nearing the seeding phase. Next year I need to move her to a new, less crowed spot. Her current home heavy with phlox’s that cocoons over her.
Dahlia’s blooms providing great color and texture to the cottage garden.
Phlox still blooming strong and loving the hot, intense sun. Victoria Salvia in front which was also started in the greenhouse.
Salvia is a great annual who can hold their own against dry, hot sun. A very hardy annual with beautiful color. Salvia is also a great flower to dry press.
A bed of Chelome….who’s flowers are the pretties pink color. Whenever I see them starting to bloom I know fall is not far behind.
See, a very pretty pink, delicate flower sitting a top a 3 foot high stalk with leaves variegated on the end. She does provide children, but not aggressively so.
Another pretty pink flower, Cosmos. A wonderful addition addition to a cottage garden. Heavy re-seeder and will gift you with many children from season to season.
More Morning Glory veins climbing, climbing as high as they can to the sky. Beautiful shades of pink and purple and somewhere in here are a few newly planted blues ones.
Every time I’m out in the garden, in the early morning light, a pair of Monarch butterflies are enjoying the Zinnias nectars too. I always look forward to seeing them flutter about in the garden.
In all my containers I like to tuck in a little bit of whimsy…in this one, just outside out porch door is a cute bluebird nestled in behind the flowers.
One of my absolute favorite Fall flower, Anemone, her bloom buds are set, waiting patiently for the right time to open. Soon very soon, she will honor the garden with her beauty.
Fall is approaching soon, cooler breezes will be rolling in, blossoms fading, leaves withering and dying. Hold on to the memories your garden children provide you, with all their glorious beauty. It will be a time before are back gain, but they will come again.