Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September Slump

As it always seems September is the time in the garden that everything seems to slump. Every plant in the garden seems to start to get that worn look. 
Some of the reasons are that the days are getting shorter and we haven't come to the fall rains yet. There is a lot of moisture in the air. We have had heavy fogs each morning but not much else.
 I sort of hate to admit it but this gardener looks forward to the time when I don't have to do much in the garden except weed and sit around thinking about things I want to do next year. Do you ever get like this? 
I have had some nice surprises lately. Like these two Queen of the Prairie Filipendula rubra plants deciding to bloom. They normally bloom in the spring/early summer. I think what brought these blooms on is that there was an accident and a major water line was broken. The city came to flush the lines after it was fixed so this area of the garden was flooded. I guess the Queen thought it was spring again.
Another pleasant surprise was this Red Spotted Purple butterfly that sashayed through the garden. I don't see these often in the garden. You can see the red spots on the underwings in the following photo.  
I hope you are having plenty of pleasant surprises in your garden.