Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Early Fall in the Nest

Autumn is warm and summery here in central Ohio, and the colors are slow to appear. But that doesn't mean it's not beautiful anyway! I'm always amazed at how much the world loves autumn. I'd say it's nearly more beloved than Christmas. You can definitely count me in as a fall lover. I anticipate the fall colors more than the arrival of spring, despite the fact that those same colors herald the coming winter. But we're not going to talk much about fall colors in this post, I'll save that for later this month. Instead, we'll highlight the continuing beauty of my flowers as the warmth sticks around for a bit longer.

One of my favorite parts of this season is the butterfly dance that goes on here most days. I'm not sure why it brings me so much joy to know that I've met their needs with my flowers, but it just does. I realize that they don't even know I exist, and yet it makes me happy to offer them nectar here.

Much of the garden still looks like summer, with blooms busting out all over.

But there are touches of fall too.

But I get confused when I see the zinnias blooming so well. I don't usually have problems with mildew on them, but this year it's rampant. I just choose to ignore the leaves and focus on the flowers.

But real fall is coming. Soon the trees will glow with autumn's richness, and I'll be out there snapping my camera as fast as I can. I can't wait to see it! Now if only I could hold off on the first frost, then I'd be really happy. I need to hold onto my garden just as long as can before winter arrives. Don't we all?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

September Sunshine

In my last post, dated earlier in September, I said that it felt like fall. Well, that is no longer true. September returned to its usual weather, with warm sunshine and clear blue days. Lately, it's been downright summery, with temperatures in the 90's this weekend. It's hard to imagine that frost can normally be expected in about three weeks. Now I love autumn, but I wouldn't mind if summer stuck around for awhile.

Also in my last post, I showed a chrysalis from one of my monarch butterflies. I raised four of them indoors this year, gathering them from my milkweed as tiny caterpillars. Well, they've all flown the coop already, and I sure miss them! I was busy on the days when they "hatched", and wasn't able to catch photos of the process. If you are around when they first eclose from the chrysalis, it's much easier to get them to pose because it takes them awhile to get comfortable with flying. That's the best time to pose them for photos. They'll walk on your fingers, but aren't quite ready to fly. But I missed it this time. This one had come out some time earlier, so after I took this open wing shot, she was off like a shot.

To me, September is a time to savor the garden. Many annuals are peaking, the weather is usually pleasant, but there's a sense of time running out. You just know it won't last much longer, so you want to gather in the last of these halcyon days.

Many plants put on a bit a of a renewal this time of year. My roses put out some more blossoms, and the herb garden is quite exuberant. The snapdragon patch puts out a fresh crop of color.

But the September highlights are always the same here in Robin's Nest. It's time for zinnias, and sunflowers, and dahlias. Funny, but these are some of my favorites, as you can tell. 

I was thinking about ending this post with an entreaty that September never leave me. But then I remembered what comes next, October! Now there's a month to love. As Anne of Green Gables would say "I'm glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers", and I couldn't agree more. But September is fine indeed.