Oddly the season is feeling very autumnal and still summer is hanging on. It was chilly here. Last week it was down to 39F (just below 4C). But this week the highs during the day have been up to about 91/92F (32/33C). I am pleased since the tomatoes are still coming and I’d like a few more to ripen.
In any case, the lawn is once again very green and not crunchy. It has recovered as though the end of July crunch didn’t happen.
The fig in the picture below is one of many on the fig tree that is right up against the south side of the house. I don’t have much hope of these getting to ripe….
The weather is shifting all over the place, with a windy, blustery rain storm last night and this morning. The marigolds are doing their showy bit and the asters are fully out. I think I had already put up some pictures of the china asters, but here is another one.
There are also loads of these asters in the front near the yellow dahlia.
The marigolds are planted near the potatoes (in an attempt to keep away the potato bugs, which I think works).
This weekend will definitely be a time to clear up some things in the barn and get beds organized for the outside kitties. The end of September always slides in a bit too quickly and the beginning of October can be quite chilly here.
The yellow dahlia in front of the house continue to be amazing. They are so large, it is surprising the stalk is strong enough to hold them. I do have a wire ring around the plant lower down, but the stalks are holding the blooms.
This might be the perfect image of the last rose of summer. It isn’t actually the last rose though, because other roses are still blooming in my garden. But it is a lovely perfect image of September.
My mother is visiting and the canning is underway… so pictures of lovely canned food very soon. Meanwhile, the pink rose is back, the china asters have finally arrived, and the dahlia I planted in front of the house is showing off nicely.
I am very fond of this white phlox and last year moved it to this corner spot of this bed as it gets more sun here than it was getting in the midst of the hostas farther to the north in this bed. It turns out I didn’t get all of it when I moved it…. so now I have some bravely emerging phlox back over in the old spot. I cleaned out this bed and tried to spread out some of these hosta last year, and I think that actually gave this phlox a better chance and might have even improved the amount of sun it is getting in the old position. I particularly like this phlox because it continues to bloom for a very long time. This bed gets moonlight in the early nighttime and it is stunning on these blooms.
The hosta are starting to bloom –the miniature hosta are finished. For some reason they bloom really early.
And here are a couple of kitty pictures to round things out this morning.
And here is some ambitious over confidence about the possibility of working that door handle.
Here is one of the backtracking posts –I am posting this to share this picture of the last morning of camping. I awoke very early and the sunrise was on the water and the campground was very quiet. I got out my camera and walked down toward the water and saw this crane in the water. The moon the night before had been astounding –and the moonrise over the lake was lovely too.
Lovely moonrise over the water.
And here are some pictures of more blooms in south dakota.
I am attempting to get the plants bedded in with lots of straw to try to hold the moisture we do have, and it is taking me longer than I would have imagined since we are now past the 4th of July. I did get the massive strip between the south beds and the fence taken care of early in the season. This is the place the squash are all meant to go. They are planted on the far south side of this bed. Here is a picture I took from the upstairs window.
The bed only partly showing on the left edge of this picture above has tomatoes in it. Between that and the rudbeckia are (among other things) peppers, a couple of sweet potatoes and some broccoli. There is not much edible goods to the right of the walnut tree trunk other than the squash all the way at the far back of the bed. There is some sorrel in there, but it is a rather bitter variety and I don’t eat much of it.
I put this geranium here to see from the living room window, although the walnut tree trunk is good too.
I have this other geranium below in front of the other walnut tree. But I think I will be moving this one soon.
In the front of the house, the blooms are rambling around a bit. The phlox at the far edge of this picture are just the beginning of a massive patch. These are unfortunately growing in (possibly through?) the front steps.
This bed has lots in it including russian sage, a rose bush, gay feathers (that haven’t bloomed yet), day lilies, the firecracker bee balm (I know that is not what it’s called), cone flowers, japanese iris, snow on the mountain, and some naked ladies. And there is a nice white salvia in here that you can’t see at all in this picture because it is on the other side of the malva and cone flowers. Here is a picture of the phlox, just getting started.
Yesterday it started raining and really broke the heat. And then it rained on and off all afternoon and a good part of the evening. I am very relieved. Absolutely everything in the garden looks so much better today. It is also overcast and looks like it could rain today –and fortunately much cooler than it has been. The kitties are happy.
The garden is adding some new colors, but the peony tulips are still the star of the show. The yellow tulips are holding on and the allium and phlox are a lovely purple. I also have a red columbine coming on.
I had planned to put up some pictures from a visit to a local greenhouse –the splendors of abundance — but the garden is so lovely in the morning light and so many things are changing right now that I couldn’t resist.
It is in this bed that the most changes are happening right now. There are the iris, allium (newly opening), a tiny orange wallflower starting up, and some lilies that have suddenly become proper plants. There are also malva, hollyhocks, and a variety of types what I think of as black eyed Susans. I should look up proper names for these– some of the varieties are ones that my gardening neighbor and I dug from a fallow field in the countryside.
And here are the phlox by the barn, getting more gorgeous..
Looking behind these phlox, toward the corner of the barn, the lilies are starting to come. And it looks like they have increased substantially since last year. This lily is enormous, white, and heavily scented.