Monday, September 13, 2010

September days

"September days have the warmth of summer in their briefer hours, but in their lengthening evenings a prophetic breath of autumn. The cricket chirps in the noontide, making the most of what remains of his brief life. The bumblebee is busy among the clover blossoms of the aftermath, and their shrill and dreamy hum hold the outdoor world above the voices of the song birds, now silent or departed."
- September Days By Rowland E. Robinson, Vermont.

September days are warm but the cool mornings and evenings are such a blessing after our long hot summer.  Walking through the garden I see ravaged and tired plants alongside new buds and fresh blooms.  Butterflies and caterpillars are in abundance and bees are busy on the blooms of the Oranges and Lemons Gaillardia and the Tri-color Sedum.  


The Astilbe and Heuchera and some of the Hardy Ageratum have been devoured by bunnies or insects.  But I was happy to see that the fennel, though totally devoured, had been providing food for these black swallowtail caterpillars.
The late afternoon sun seemed to be shining a spotlight on the Lantana and this swallowtail.

And I loved the way the sun shone through the leaves of the Coleus and the Japanese Maple.
Trees and shrubs are adorned with berries - Nandina, Pyracantha, Dogwood, and Holly.
Soon the mums will be in bloom, the leaves will be falling, and we'll need sweaters to sit outside in the evening.  I can't wait!

13 comments:

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

I can't wait, either. I love fall. The colors are gorgeous. The flowers just add to it. You've go the same outlook on the coming weeks as I do.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Ginny, I really do feel, like you, that September provides some respite after the heat of the summer when, so often, the garden flags and one lacks the energy to do anything about it. It is a month to enjoy late colour and interest, free of the pressure of routine maintenance.

Carol said...

Lovely record of September in your garden Ginny. We do have lovely days ahead throughout this month. I am amazed you had so many caters in your third photo! I have never seen that many at one time. Great shot! I must plant fennel. The light coming through your Coleus is stunning. Oh yes, cool evenings and mornings are upon us. ;>)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Ginny. Your gaillardia and coleus are just so lovely.Wonderful pictures of the sun filtering in on your flowers.
It was so hot this summer here that when it gets down to 60 degrees I will probably feel like I am freezing. LOL!

leavesnbloom said...

Ginny you captured the sun shining through those leaves wonderfully. Those monarch caterpillars seem to be enjoying themselves too. I'm sure you are welcoming cooler days - I don't think I could cope at all with the temperatures you had this summer.

perennialgardener said...

Beautiful blooms on that Gallardia. That's one that is on my wish list. Great pics of the Monarch Caterpillars. :)

Gary said...

Hi Ginny,
I too like September. It's that time between the heat of the summer and the harshness of winter when plants seem to be sighing and taking a breather. Some lovely photos.

Gary

Rosey said...

I can't imagine how boring life would be without our seasons.
Some other blogger mentioned how she loves fall because she can shave her legs less. I am in agreement.

Your garden is full of fun creatures!

threedogsinagarden said...

Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler evenings and the brisk mornings.

Daricia said...

i'm enjoying these cooler mornings and nights, too, ginny. september is such a relief after august. still praying for rain, though. i can't believe how dry it is!

hazeltree said...

hello Ginny, lovely photos, our sedums are also a hive of activity...hope the dog is behaving himself!

Kate said...

Hi Ginny - I too love the fall and all it has to offer. The changing of the seasons is such a fun time. Great photo of the caterpillars on the fennel. Wow!

Rhondi said...

great photos!