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.
Can you see the green bee on these asters?
I think this is some kind of sweat bee. I see them each year on the asters.
Hoverfly on aster
Corn earworm moth on aster
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.
A few monarch butterflies joined in.
The goldenrod is mostly finished now, but it is so vibrant when it first opens. Here with Russian sage.
The flies love the goldenrod and seem to like it as the flowers fade.
A few gaillardia still smiling
Zinnias and alyssum
Black swallowtail butterfly on marigolds
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.
Sunflowers keep blooming
Hummingbird rests in crabapple tree. We had almost no crabapples last year and a bumper crop this year, though the leaves fell early.
The boltonia bloomed in mid-September. A grasshopper enjoys the warm resting spot on the fence.
Pink turtlehead flowers. This picture is from about a month ago, and they are just finishing up now.
Garden spider lurking in the leaves of the pink turtlehead flowers
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!
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.
I found a few common meadow crickets in our little “meadow.” I still hear crickets at night.
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.
Dragonfly – not moving too quickly, but looking beautiful!
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
Loved this book!