Summer’s End

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Summer season is winding down, and I, for one, might be joyful to have an finish to the relentless warmth of this previous season.  The times are getting shorter, and on some days you may really feel a crispness within the air, the primary hints of autumn approaching.

Whereas I’ll miss the explosion of shade that was summer season in my backyard, there’s nonetheless a lot to take pleasure in concerning the backyard.  A number of coneflowers nonetheless bloom right here and there, however most at the moment are dried seedheads, a tasty deal with for all of the goldfinches.


Blackberry lilies are now not blooming, however their seedheads are each bit as pleasant to have a look at.


Strolling across the backyard, one can see that not every part has completed blooming, nevertheless.  The ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea is in all its fall glory, reaching as much as the rooftop as soon as once more, regardless of a reasonably good pruning this spring.

I simply love these large blooms!
Close by, the Turtleheads are additionally blooming.


Additionally within the shade backyard, the hardy begonia (title forgotten) can also be blooming.  I purchased this plant for its foliage and was so joyful it survived the winter right here, so the tiny blooms are a bonus shock.

It pays to appears to be like carefully or you’ll miss another surprises as properly.  Apparently, this little gnome thought I wanted some assist weeding (and sure, I do).  I do not know the place this little rake got here from–garden fairies, maybe??

Within the sidewalk backyard, ‘Senorita Rosalita’ Cleome is flourishing.  I’ve planted this annual in pots the previous two years, and it is by no means finished properly.  Clearly, it likes being planted within the floor a lot better–and all of the rain this summer season little question helped as properly.

Lavender is starting to bloom once more.  That is the primary yr I’ve had success with lavender surviving the winter, and I hope it continues to do properly.


Within the Arbor Mattress, the berries on the Beautyberry are starting to show.


Fall is the time for grasses to actually shine, and ‘Morning Gentle’ Miscanthus is placing on fairly a present.


Goldenrod can also be popping up in every single place.  I normally pull most of it from the Arbor Mattress, however I missed this one, and I believe it enhances the zinnias properly.  Extra on these zinnias later…


Within the little Butterfly Backyard, the sneezeweed Helenium ‘Autumnale’ has been blooming
 for a number of weeks.



And, in fact, the Obedient Plant is making its annual look.  A number of asters are simply starting to bloom, and shortly the butterfly backyard might be filled with asters and goldenrod as properly.


So lots of my container plantings are wanting fairly unhappy nowadays.  Coleus and begonias are nonetheless wanting nice, however the petunias are fairly pathetic–time to hit the native nursery for some new cool-weather annuals.  Nonetheless, there are different annuals planted within the backyard which might be doing very properly, together with certainly one of my all-time favorites ‘Victoria Blue’ Salvia.



The Lantana are additionally doing properly and at last spreading out.  The one downside this yr is that they’re typically hidden by some taller volunteers, just like the Rudbeckia Triloba.


A number of Cosmos are additionally lastly blooming, although not practically as many as I had hoped.


A brand new annual I planted this yr is lastly blooming as well–Tithonia, or Mexican Sunflower.  I’ve admired these vibrant orange blooms on Jason’s weblog for a number of years, so I lastly began some seeds this spring.  The one downside is that I did not understand how tall they’d get!  Subsequent yr I will discover a higher spot for these Four-6′ pollinator magnets.

Additionally within the Arbor Mattress, Nicotania remains to be blooming right here and there.  These are all volunteers–from seeds planted over 5 years in the past!  I began to drag most of those out at some point, till I observed a hummingbird moth sipping nectar from them.  After all, I did not have my digital camera helpful, however I used to be mesmerized by this creature and its lengthy proboscis.  I have never seen it in a few weeks, however I am leaving the Nicotania for now, simply in case it returns.


Of all of the late annuals, although, probably the most colourful and most considerable in my backyard are the zinnias. These old style favorites need to be one of many best annuals to develop.  I direct sowed seeds from Renee’s Garden and Botanical Interests (although which of them are which, I do not bear in mind),  and a few of them have grown to Four half of toes tall.  Although solely pink ones are proven right here, there are blooms in orange, reds, and purples as properly.

In terms of attracting butterflies, you may’t beat zinnias.  And though they are not specific, the pollinators do appear to like my ‘Zowie Yellow Flame’ zinnias particularly.


On a latest afternoon, the ‘Zowie’s’ had been lined with all types of butterflies.



The colours of the ‘Zowie’s’ are nearly an ideal match for Monarchs,
however Swallowtails make a pleasant distinction, too.



It is a good factor I planted plenty of these zinnias this yr, sufficient for a crowd!

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