It was hard to say goodbye to September. The days rushed by, and still little time was spent in the garden. The light I have begun to chase through autumn is slipping faster into the darkness more and more as each day passes. I wait each morning with anticipation as the neon orange orb rises a little farther away on the horizon. It paints the sky in reds and oranges as it stretches higher. And with each stretch it mellows as it wakens from bright peach to pastel creating more sky art to relish as I travel eastward.
The evenings bring an almost imperceptible peach color as if the blue has taken on a peachy filter as the sun slips gently away whispering of another glorious day done, and the promise of another tomorrow. No bright colors to send it off. These autumn encounters with the light become garish only in mid-day when one can barely see for the sun’s heat burns to red on my retina.
But I savor each rise and fall, each glaring encounter. I live for the dry, bright autumn days that burn into my memory the colors that are changed as the sun races across the sky. So join me as I wrap up September in my garden. I am joining Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for her End of Month View.
September began chilly and was unseasonably colder. So much so we had our first frost and I covered my tomato bed. It rained quite a bit for a couple of weeks and we averaged about 7 inches of wonderful rain. The garden took on a fall look with the cooler weather, but the veg garden continued to produce under its protective cover. Even the cukes grew without any cover. But as fall rolled around the weather turned down right hot and dry for a couple of weeks. This brought the migrating butterflies to visit and they are still here.
One of our storms produced this wonderful rainbow, the first I saw all year.
As you can see I have still not cleaned up the spent flowers in the front beds. But I loved the low growing asters that have filled in so quickly. I put in starter plugs last fall, and look at them now. The pollinators are going crazy over these lovelies.
As you can see I am staying with the far away look so you can’t see the weeds and grass or the lack of edging. Oh well it is a wildlife garden. This is the area to the right of the gazebo where there is a rain garden. Each shot moves to the right as we see the only veg garden still producing under cover with lettuces and carrots. Lots of roses still in bloom. We are adding a new veg bed in front of the first picture and getting rid of some lawn.
Favorite September Blooms
Chelone or Pink Turtlehead
One of the many sedum flowering
Fabulous roses reblooming
Hardy Geranium blooming again
Radish flowers. So amazing as they flowered all summer making the bees happy.
Even bright pink tall phlox is flowering well into fall.
Hardy hibiscus were amazing this summer with all the rain. I am featuring this wildflower at the end of October.
Another volunteer sunflower that sported over 15 flowers. This is the second huge plant that plant self seeded from last year.
We left the tomato/okra/pepper/eggplant bed to itself for a couple of weeks under cover and this is the last harvest. We had so much growing, it took 2 trips and we almost broke our basket under the weight.
Here are some of the over 50 heads of garlic we grew. A mix of Tuscan and Siberian which has quite a bite and some heat especially raw. Yummy!!
Here are 2 of the refrigerator pickles we made. Actually I made the first with the help of the husband and then he made the rest. He is becoming quite the veg gardener. We used Donalyn@The Creekside Cook’s recipe for garlic dill pickles on the left. These reminded me of the homemade barrel pickles I used to eat as a kid. We can’t get enough of these. Fresh home grown dill, garlic and cukes make them even better. The pickles on the right are Bread and Butter pickles just like my mom used to make when we were kids.
I love the pond as the weather cools. It clears and looks so different. See all the frogs hanging out on the lily pads. Can you find all 6?
Frogs are still hanging out in the garden. That is a good sign. Lots of sparrows finding seeds along with all the goldfinches gorging themselves. We barely saw a deer all spring and summer and as a consequence there was minimal damage to plants. And then there were the migrating monarchs that showed up before September ended. They are still here. I spent hours in the garden taking hundreds of pictures. I will do a special feature of these precious creatures for my Beautiful Wildlife Gardens post on October 15th.
The Wide Shot
I am linking in again with Xericstyle who is hosting this meme the first of every month. All you have to do is post your favorite wide shot of your garden. My favorite view is again from my bedroom window showcasing a wide shot of the pond in the back garden. Here’s what the beginning of October looks like. Fall has come to my garden.
Lots no longer blooming. Roses and native helianthus still going with asters. See the pond in the lower right. I zoomed in a bit in the picture below.
Gardens Eye Verse
As autumn dawns, please enjoy this little verse about autumn’s first kiss.
Autumn’s KissA chillin’ kiss on frosty morn, On every blade and flower adorns. As summer fades and autumn is born The icy dew does bid us warned. For soon the nights will be long and cold As winter slips in to take its hold. So cherish for now each warm sunny day, As they skip on the breeze and fade away.
Next up on the blog: Friday I will showcase another wonderful herb. And then it will be time for a GBBD post on Monday.
I wrote a guest post over at Vision and Verb. I hope you will visit this wonderful website of women writers.
I am linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my next post on the 15th.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
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