In a few weeks, autumn will officially arrive, and I cannot wait. Summer has had its ups and downs, and I am more than ready to enjoy the morning breezes and the rusty and golden hues.
Donna from Gardens Eye View hosts Seasonal Celebrations this month for autumn. And I have listed a few of the treasures of my autumn.
One of the things I love about autumn is the re-blooming of yarrow. After it blooms in the spring, and I cut away the spent blooms, the foliage spreads and new blooms form for fall.
|Achillea millefolium, Yarrow 'Paprika'|
In my area, the leaves are not in full autumn color quite yet, but a few leaves here and there have burst forth with some color.
More recently, we have had regular rain for a couple of weeks that has finally soaked through the top layer of the soil. Plants look healthier and sated.
This summer was a very dry summer, and the challenges were many. Beth at PlantPostings hosts Lessons Learned to review the lessons of the past season. And I have listed a few of the lessons I have learned from this challenging summer.
Some Plants Not Only Survive, They Thrive
When there is a dry summer, there are some plants that not only survive but seem to thrive.
Yarrow seems to nonchalantly exist without any help from me. It flows with the fluctuations of weather and conditions as if they were only something happening outside of its needs.
|Achillea millefolium, Yarrow 'Moonshine'|
With the dry weather and hot/humid conditions, my tomatoes suffered from some fungal problems. I treated them with sulphur powder, and pulled off the yellowing leaves. I was not sure they would make it through the summer, but within a few weeks they snapped back and continued producing tasty tomatoes.
|Tomatoes, various varieties|
Many of my hydrangeas suffer during dry conditions, and I must be sure to give them water to help them through. Limelight hydrangeas never seem to complain no matter what the conditions are. They survive and thrive through any and all conditions.
|Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'|
Feed the Butterflies, and They Will Come
This year I have seen more butterflies than in previous years. My perennial bed has matured and the plants have grown to be food sources for lots of pollinators, including butterflies. On any given day, I see from eight to 12 butterflies in the garden.
|Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies on Buddleia 'Black Knight'|
I placed some Black Swallowtail larvae in a butterfly net to keep them from the birds and watched the transformation from larvae to butterfly. It is an absolutely amazing experience.
|Black Swallowtail Larva in Late Pupa Stage|
|Recently Emerged Black Swallowtail Butterfly|
Whatever lessons were learned, I find, in looking back, I can appreciate the experience of it all. The seasons can be unpredictable and difficult sometimes, but I do enjoy having the change of the seasons. It not only makes gardening interesting, it makes life interesting.
© copyright 2012 Michelle A. Potter