October Flowers and Spooky Spiders

When I started designing my garden, the first thing I worked on was autumn flowers.  I love them, and it is a wonderful time of year to have them begin to bloom after slowly growing over the summer.  My goal is to always have something blooming from March through November or the first frost. This helps the insects and pollinators and cheers me up, too!

I have only been posting about once a month this summer, so there are too many pictures to pick from!

The big attraction this week has been the asters.

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Can you see the green bee on these asters?

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I think this is some kind of sweat bee.  I see them each year on the asters.

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Hoverfly on aster

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Corn earworm moth on aster

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One day I saw a lot of fluttering on the asters from my office window.  I went out and found six to eight painted lady butterflies on the asters and they were also visiting the zinnias.

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A few monarch butterflies joined in.

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The goldenrod is mostly finished now, but it is so vibrant when it first opens.  Here with Russian sage.

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The flies love the goldenrod and seem to like it as the flowers fade.

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A few gaillardia still smiling

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Zinnias and alyssum

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Black swallowtail butterfly on marigolds

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In the foreground the red flowers of pineapple sage are starting to bloom, a favorite of the hummingbirds.  The two huge sunflowers in the garden are leaning over.  I cut off the spent flowers and new flowers keep appearing.

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Sunflowers keep blooming

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Hummingbird rests in crabapple tree.  We had almost no crabapples last year and a bumper crop this year, though the leaves fell early.

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The boltonia bloomed in mid-September.  A grasshopper enjoys the warm resting spot on the fence.

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Pink turtlehead flowers. This picture is from about a month ago, and they are just finishing up now.

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Garden spider lurking in the leaves of the pink turtlehead flowers

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The foggy morning accentuated the spider webs in the garden and this garden spider looks spooky in its web.  I did not need to buy any spooky merchandise to get this picture!

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The orb spiders have been very active on the patio.  One morning I came out to find 3 large orb spider webs near where I was going to hang laundry.

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I found a few common meadow crickets in our little “meadow.”  I still hear crickets at night.

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On a walk recently I saw this eastern shieldback katydid.  The phrase “on its last legs” came to mind.  That seems to be true of a lot of insect at this time of year, though it could just be that they are slow after a cold night.

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Dragonfly – not moving too quickly, but looking beautiful!

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It’s pepper season!  The brussel sprout and kale are great, though the last batch of tomatoes are taking their time ripening.  Organically grown food is the main focus of the garden, but I love the flowers, and all the variety keeps the garden pests under control.

Recent Reading:  Grandma Gatewood Walks

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Loved this book!

12 thoughts on “October Flowers and Spooky Spiders

  1. It’s aster season here too. I’m seeing lots of spiders; in fact, I’ve had to detach a couple of nice webs that were in spots we have to walk through. I saw some of those green bees last summer and thought they should have a better name than sweat bees. Emerald bees, maybe?

    1. Don’t you hate accidentally walking through a big web? Then checking to see if you have the spider on you? I think one time I called the green bees metallic bees, or something like that, but I am trying to be careful as I am not always sure what I am taking a picture of. But sweat bees does not capture the beauty of the green.

  2. So many beautiful photos, and I love the color on the asters. Your garden really makes autumn look good, and I think it owes a lot to your focus on fall flowers.
    This is the first year I’m enjoying autumn. Usually I resent the first frost, but I think finally there are enough fall plants here that it’s not so big a loss as usual.
    I seek out those big orb spider webs and go stand by one when the gnats are particularly thick. It’s so satisfying to see the gnats filling the web. If only there weren’t a billion more to take their place…

    1. Insect are declining so we got to love them and appreciate all the spiders, bats, dragonflies and birds that eat them and help us out. Otherwise those spiders will get hungry and start declining, too. Just working to view things from the spiders’ point of view, but yeah, don’t want to get bit by gnats!

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