September Was Wet

Hurricane Florence and several other rain storms drenched my garden in September. So far 2018 is the second wettest year on record! But my garden is doing well despite the deluge.

The blooms on my Oak Leaf Hydrangea have faded to a beautiful golden brown.

A few blooms left on Scarlet Bee Balm.

I just noticed this white Impatien which came from a hanging pot that self seeded from last year. I hope it will self seed again for next year. The bright white blooms really brighten up the shade garden.

I love the seed heads on Bottlebrush Grass in the shade garden.

New England Asters

Calico Aster

Autumn Joy Sedum

I had thought this was Woodland Sunflower. But I recently found out it’s actually Tickseed Sunflower, a native that is an annual. To me they will always be called Elizabeth’s Flowers because they bloom along the roadways on her birthday. I hope it will self seed.

The zinnias that self seeded from last year are still going strong. The red ones are like jewels.

Lantana is still blooming.

I love this ‘Fireworks’ Goldenrod!

Roman sitting behind the arbor that is now covered in Coral Honeysuckle. I planted it a year ago. It didn’t bloom this year, so I’m hopeful that it will be covered in flowers next year.

The daffodils are a bit too anxious to bloom again. Go back to sleep babies… not time to wake up yet.

Clematis seed heads are so cool!

I am leaving the Coneflower seed heads up because I’ve read that Goldfinches love to eat the seeds.

I love these orange Cosmos.

Agastache is a work horse. Still going strong!

Last month a caterpillar ate all the leaves on my Coralberry but it’s already leafing out again, recovering nicely.

After I planted this Mountain Mint it seemed to die off, but now there is lots of new growth. I’ve read that this is a pollinator magnet.

Cardinal Flower seedheads

I dug up a couple of these Maidenhair ferns that have been growing naturally in the backyard…

…and I transplanted them around the frog pond. They should provide nice cover for my froggies.

The 5-gallon bucket garden is finally producing a bit…

Virgina Sweets tomato ripening

Brandywine tomatoes

Sungold cherry tomatoes

Silly froggy, that fountain is not a lily pad.

I used some rocks to lift up the garden fencing, to make a froggy door, so they can hop from the pond into the garden and eat up all the bad buggies.

I stacked up some stones to mark the grave of the first froggy to move into my frog pond. I found his body in my garden. Such a sad day for me…

I think this fire ant is pretty cute, as long as he doesn’t sting me.

I caught this spider spinning up her next meal with silk. Spiders are great helpers in the garden!

This Red Spotted Admiral Butterfly visited my garden one day. Beautiful blue!

A Tachinid Fly on Joe Pye Weed – they are excellent pollinators!

Sungold cherry tomatoes

Silly froggy, that fountain is not a lily pad.

I used some rocks to lift up the garden fencing, to make a froggy door, so they can hop from the pond into the garden and eat up all the bad buggies.

I stacked up some stones to mark the grave of the first froggy to move into my frog pond. I found his body in my garden. Such a sad day for me…

I think this fire ant is pretty cute, as long as he doesn’t sting me.

I caught this spider spinning up her next meal with silk. Spiders are great helpers in the garden!

This Red Spotted Admiral Butterfly visited my garden one day. Beautiful blue!

A Tachinid Fly on Joe Pye Weed – they are excellent pollinators!

O sweet September rain!
I hear it fall upon the garden beds,
Freshening the blossoms which begin to wane.

–Mortimer Collins (1827–76)

O sweet September rain!
I hear it fall upon the garden beds,
Freshening the blossoms which begin to wane.

–Mortimer Collins (1827–76)

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