We’ve had some cooler weather here – nights into the lower 40s. Tomorrow night’s low is predicted to be 37 F! But that’s not stopping the “bloom boom.” I am wearing a fleece and socks – yes socks! – taking my pictures this morning, er I mean afternoon (because time flies). It is cooler today, overcast. Mojo (golden doodle lower left) loves the cooler weather and seems to be smelling the flowers but more likely, a chipmunk or rabbit recently passed through the garden.
These Helianthus in the Bird & Butterfly section of the garden are so welcome each fall and are always loaded with bees.
Behold the Black-eyed Susan takeover. You can just barely see the head of the driftwood “heron,” and the bird bath is completely hidden.
I just planted this New York Aster, Wood’s Purple in the Woodland Edge section of the garden and love it. I had another Wood’s aster out front in the Riverfront section but I think it was slowly ingested by the Creeping Jenny this year.
Also new to the Woodland Edge is this Turtlehead, now in full bloom.
These Mexican Sunflowers warm me up even on “chili” days. They are now a “must” on my list of things to plant each year.
This was such a welcome sight! After months of barely a flutter, yesterday three Monarchs circled this patch of Mexican Sunflowers. Today one remains. Can’t help but admire the orange on orange.
Strangely, Sunflowers are not the tallest stalks in the garden. This Amaranth towers above towering 3 to 4 ft. marigolds. I wanted more flowers in the Potager but not exactly a skyscraper scape. The Amaranth has a muppet-like quality to it I think. Maybe I should add some googly eyes on it for Halloween?
Very welcome in the Potager are these Cathedral Bells now blooming on what was formerly the pea trellis. This is the first time I have had success with this annual vine and it has been worth the effort!
Obedient Plant blooms throughout the garden but especially makes an impact along the Nice Driveway this time of year.
So does this Phlox, its puffy white clouds drifting over the fuzzy plumes of a mystery grass in a Nice Driveway area I’ve marked as a problem spot that I need to rework.
Sedums are just about to bloom out front in the Riverfront section of the garden.
Sedum Matrona in front of Butterfly Weed. I thought the Butterfly Weed didn’t come back this year but “Surprise!”
Another successful Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day hosted by the wonderful Carol at May Dreams Gardens.