It has been a really busy month for me. This is the first time I am posting something for about 5 weeks, so I had a lot of pictures I took to choose from. Here are a few pictures of what is happening now in the garden and has happened this past month.
Asters and goldenrod – Solidago rugosa ‘fireworks.’ I am not sure of the type of aster I have. They are both great for late pollinators.
This bumblebee was barely moving on the sedum on a cool morning.
The painted lady butterfly was hanging around the giant zinnias yesterday and not too bothered by me.
I enjoy looking at the zinnias from my office window during the day and watching the butterflies come to visit.
This cucumber got away from me because if was hiding underneath the zinnias. I picked a nice green, juicy cucumber last week, but not sure if I will get any more this year. It will be hot tomorrow, so maybe!
Here is a shot of part of the vegetable garden. The cherry tomato quantities have been massive. I have been getting about one zucchini per week recently. But the peppers are really taking off now. There are a lot of them hanging on the pepper plants. Dan is working on the kale plants for his smoothies. The collards are all chewed up by the cabbage worms, but still work well in soups. I threw some swiss chard in the soup today along with oregano and parsley.
Yesterday’s pick of cherry tomatoes. These have been really sweet and tasty! Great for my daily salads.
‘Big Bertha Bell’ is the variety of pepper. I guess it could turn red if it stays on the plant that long.
The old raspberry canes have been cut down and the new ones tied to the fence to get ready for winter and next summer’s fruit.
Earlier in the month it was acorn time on the chinquapin oak tree. The squirrels, chipmunks and blue jays were so active. Within a week or so there was not an acorn to be found on the tree or the ground. I’m glad our yard feeds the wild creatures.
Chipmunks are so fun to watch.
American goldfinch on purple coneflower a few weeks ago, getting some lunch. Just this week I was looking out the office window and saw a bright yellow goldfinch on a coneflower. Such a cheery sight!
The pineapple sage finally started blooming this week. Will any hummingbirds find this late-blooming tubular flower?
Pink turtlehead flower. The bumblebees love to fly in and out of each individual flower. Can you see the grasshopper on the right side of the picture? I am still looking for a praying mantis, but have not seen one this year.
It has not been a good year for alyssum in my garden this year. I was pleased to see a few little clumps get going.
Dan and I took a wonderful short trip to Wisconsin and Northern Illinois before Labor Day. This picture, taken at Illinois Beach State Park, reminds me of all the wonderful natural places we visited on sunny, warm days. Cooler days are coming and they will have their own pleasures to offer.
Recently, on a walk in the forest preserve, Dan took this picture of an eastern bluebird. There are not so many around, so really fun to see. It is migration time, so I am keeping my eyes open for different birds in the backyard and woods.