Saturday, September 9, 2017

If Feels Like Fall

Here in Ohio it has been unseasonably cool for September. I'd rather we had the usual weather this time of year, with low humidity, blue skies, and warm days. But I don't dare complain when there is so much extreme weather happening elsewhere. Right now Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida and wildfires are raging out west, while Houston continues to deal with the effects of Hurricane Harvey. So perhaps my cool September doesn't look so bad after all.

One of the other things I love about September is the monarch migration. I've seen quite a few of them passing through here, and it makes me happy to know that they continue to find my little garden along their journey. In my last post, I said I hadn't raised any caterpillars in the kitchen this year. But the monarchs had other ideas. One day I was sitting on the patio and glanced over at my two little milkweed plants. There I saw this big fat monarch caterpillar! When I went to gather him in the next day, I could not find him anywhere. But in searching, I spotted several tiny caterpillars, so I brought four of them inside to raise. I kept them supplied with milkweed, and right now they are resting in the chrysalis stage.

Of course you know that there are many other visitors to my garden that bring me delight. Pretty much anything with wings is going to make me happy. Do you suppose it's because my name is Robin?

My fascination with summer zinnias is one of the main reasons why I see so many butterflies in my garden. And of course they are just plain pretty, and always make me smile.

By now, my summer containers are either at their peak, or fading quickly. These are a few of the ones that still look good, but there are others that need a fall refresh.

Hopefully our September weather will improve, and those perfect days will return before the weather truly turns to autumn. I do love fall, but I'm just not ready for it quite yet. Until then, it's time to break out those fall jackets!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nothing New Under the Sun

I've been keeping this blog for a few years now, and I haven't made any drastic changes to my landscape in awhile. That means that you may have seen some of these scenes before. Since I am the owner of this garden, my delight never wavers. Besides, I keep this blog as my garden journal. I like to look back at old posts, to see what was blooming at this time in the past. But that means you may see some repeats on here.

Monarch beauty on sunflower
Cut and Come Again zinnias
I won't apologize though. I appreciate any visitors to my blog, whether the've seen it all before, or not!

Queen Red Lime zinnias
Tequila Lime zinnias
Queen Red Lime zinnias
Late summer is a bit of a struggle for many gardeners. Flowers are fading, and it's still too hot for cool weather autumn blooms. I find that I depend on annuals to show me some pizzaz when the perennials tend to fade.

Sunflowers and stormy skies
Shady porch container
Tall Ribbon Mix snapdragons have been reseeding here for years
Hanging angel wing begonias, with common begonias in window boxes
Plus my hydrangeas are peaking about now. I do love these babies!

Hydrangea bouquet for drying
Endless Summer, lots of blooms hiding inside
Little Quickfire hydrangea
Little Lime hydrangea
Still, there's nothing really new to show off. But that hasn't stopped me, has it?

Radsunny knockout rose
Don Juan climbing rose 
Chinatown rose
Chinatown rose
Every monarch that shows up here is greeted with a photo op. I didn't raise any in the kitchen this year, my milkweeds didn't fare well enough to sustain them. I'll plant more next year, and hope for the best.

About to launch
Bedraggled beauty
And just because it isn't fresh news, it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy showing off my little patches of pretty, even if those patches are just repeats.

Sunset hyssop and rudbeckia
Caladiums and lamium
Plumbago groundcover
Thanks for stopping by anyway, even when there's nothing new under the sun.

Sedum Autumn Joy begins to bloom, and the pollinators can't wait
A place to watch the veggies grow
Bottle tree