“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
So here we are again. Another month gone in the garden and not many left. And the end of this month has particular significance as it marks the changing of the season from summer to fall here in New York. We are one month closer to the time when all work in the garden will stop. So this can be a mournful time for me. Each day bringing me closer to saying adieu to the garden.
But I am determined to think ahead. To think of more warm days with blooms and time…time I need to get out in the garden. Our weather was wet, my back was keeping me out of the garden and then I slipped and fell on the same knee I fell on about 18 months ago. I am still going to get out there as we have loads to do, and only so much can get done. And my knee is fine.
So what happened in September in my garden. Not much but a slow stroll to fall with foliage now dressing up for the autumn dance. And as I look at my September garden, I am joining Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for her End of Month View.
This month I am also linking in with Floral Fridays. Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. Trishie@Under Lock And Key decides on the monthly theme, and this month’s theme is “garden flowers”. To play along, email her for next month’s theme.
The sunrises and sunsets have been getting more colorful with the shortening of days. Early September was colder than I can remember with our first light frost on the 19th, lots of rain and many days barely 60 and nights in the low 40s. Then the last 10 or so days at the end of September was blissful and really quite perfect with highs reaching the low 80s and high 70s and the nights in the low to mid 50s.
The veg garden did not like the early September weather we had, but the flowers did although flowers were still blooming weeks later than usual. I do hope our October weather is better. The long range forecast is not very promising though.
On the left is the back garden at the beginning of September, and on the right is the end of September. You can see the subtle changes as the green takes on a yellow cast in the trees, grass and foliage of the garden. The rudbeckias, Obedient plant and Joe Pye on the left are ending and the asters and helianthus come into bloom on the right.
The veg garden, for the most part, also ended by the time October rolled around.
Here are some flowers and plants I thought were a stand out in my September garden.
This red daylily was still blooming most of September. I plan to move it to the red garden.
Lavender in the front garden is blooming again too. What a surprise and it is as if summer has not ended.
Ironweed or Vernonia fasciculata is a new native plant in my garden. I was thrilled to see it blooming. I can’t wait to see it clumping and spreading with asters, Joe Pye, goldenrod and rudbeckias next year.
This is white turtlehead. I have it in a few spots, but I need to uncover it as taller more spreading plants are hiding its beauty.
The seeds are starting to spread in the garden especially the Swamp milkweed by the pond, shown at the top of the post. The picture was taken early in the first morning light.
The pond has done an about-face, and is now sporting lovely fall colors instead of pink waterlilies. The frogs are still having a ball lounging in the clear water. Later in the coming months, we will see the waterfall stop as we remove the pump. The pond will also start to freeze as colder weather sets in.
We have had another bumper crop of critters. On the top row, we have found several tree frogs hanging about on the fence during the day. They are so cute. Monarchs visited every sunny day in September. Sometimes 3 at a time. While this doesn’t sound like much, it is better than the few stragglers we saw last year. And the toads were out. This one will be burying himself soon near the pond.
On the bottom row are some critters that will be part of some upcoming critter stories. We have had a Great Blue Heron hunting in the meadow. Yes that’s right the meadow, not the pond. And the bunny is our baby Beatrix who was born in the garden. And finally the twin fawns are getting bigger losing their spots. I am sure we will see them in the back garden in winter with momma as they will be big enough to jump the fence by then, and find whatever bark or plants they can to sustain them in winter.
In A Vase On Monday
So what flowers are catching my eye now in our first week of October….
Vase one is sporting the rest of the dahlias and Japanese anemones before the rain and cold make them mush. And the dried flowers of a burgundy sedum make a great base.
Of course I added a white aster, foamy grass flowers, peony foliage showing off its autumn colors and my autumn flowering chocolate Joe Pye (Eupatorium rugosum).
For vase two, I could not resist picking the fairy roses. I have both the single and double ones blooming profusely again. And of course phlox is still flowering away with lavender so I had to add both of them with a bit of lady’s mantle foliage around the edges.
Pinky-purple aster with ‘Full Moon’ coreopsis round out the vase that looks more like summer than fall. But the recent weather has been more summer than fall-like so this vase is perfect.
So there you have my 2 vases as autumn continues into October. I cannot believe how many flowers, foliage, grasses and berries are left to choose from.
Visit my new blog:
I wanted to thank all the wonderful people who have been visiting me at my new blog, Living From Happiness. It is a blog that celebrates life, lessons, change, challenges and creativity.
I have been posting for two months now on Sundays and Thursdays. I do hope you will join me there to read my musings about life, some original poetry and photography.
There will be a new post again this Thursday.
Next up on the blog: Wednesday I will have another Tree Following post. And next Monday brings another Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post.
I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.
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