The sun has returned, and yesterday we may have reached 70 degrees again, making it a good day to walk around the garden and see what is in bloom. I was surprised to see that the 'Little Business' daylily was reblooming, albeit a single, small bloom.
The Brown-eyed Susans, Rudbeckia triloba, continue to put on a show. I've noticed the goldfinches like these almost as much as the purple coneflowers.
Another favorite of mine and the hummingbirds, 'Wendy's Wish' is doing well despite the crowded conditions I planted both of them in.
Some of the containers are still looking good, while others are beginning to look a bit tired. The pots of coleus in front of the house are approaching shrub proportions. A few years ago I bought too many coleus and stuck them in a couple of pots by themselves when I didn't know what else to do with them. They looked so good by fall that I've done the same thing every year since. The burgundy coleus really stands out, especially among all the green shrubbery.
And, of course, the zinnias, including my favorite 'Zowie Yellow Flame,' which will keep going until the first frost.
Signs of fall are definitely evident in the garden. The few ornamental grasses I have are beginning to shine, like this Panicum 'Shenandoah,' which glows in the sunlight.
The vegetable garden is nearly done now, too. The squash bugs finally got to the cucumbers and squash, and the green beans are finished. The tomato plants are still producing more than we can eat fresh, but the blight is slowly taking them over. But the volunteer cosmos and some marigolds in the veggie patch are looking good and hiding the slow decay beyond them.
|A marigold in the veggie patch.|
A bumble too busy enjoying the zinnias to notice he's not presenting his best side for the camera:)