The month since the last bloom day, that is, from 16 Aug. to 15 Sept., has definitely brought a shift from high summer to nascent fall. Temperatures ranged from highs of 88F to 66F (average of 77 over 31 days), and lows from 42-65F (average of 52.6 over 31 days). This last week we’ve experienced a high of 86F one day, four days that hit the low 70s, and two days that reached only the high 60s. I can see low temperatures in the 30s coming up in the 10-day forecast. Most significantly, I switched from skorts to pants about a week ago, and we had our first woodstove fire of the season last night.
Peach time came and went, a short season from about 20 Aug. until 7 Sept., during which time we picked about 600 peaches that were “keepers,” fewer than last year but most of these were bigger and less blemished. The best ones we ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, and gave away to friends and neighbours; those that had some damage (but were mostly fine) became peach pie (2 pies), peach cobbler bread (12 loaves), and dried peach slices. And now the peach trees are bare again.
The blooms that shine in my early September garden include:
EUTROCHIUM purpureum (Joe Pye weed), still going strong and attracting the lion’s share of the butterflies.
a variety of SEDUMS (stonecrop), including Autumn Fire, Autumn Joy, Hab Grey, and Turkish Delight
GOLDENROD (Solidago spp; volunteers all), shown with holly, phlox, hydrangea
KIRENGESHOMA palmata (yellow waxbells). Frankly, one plant is not a show stopper; you wouldn’t notice mine if you weren’t looking for it. But it’s one of my favourite perennials, even though it’s yellow, because of its unusual leaves and flowers.
HELENIUM autumnale (sneezeweed), reblooming from a Botanical Interests’ “Bring Home the Butterflies” seed mix of several years ago
GENTIANA asclepiadea (willow gentian)
CLETHRA alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’ (summersweet)
HYDRANGEAS (mostly PeeGee)
BUDDLEIA davidii ‘Ellen’s Blue’ (butterfly bush)
CHELONE lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ (turtlehead). I love watching bumblebees push their way inside the blooms and emerge covered in pollen.
BONUS: A few more flowers I’m fond of right now:
Anemone tormentosa ‘Robustissima’
I’m not sure what I’ll have to show for October other than a pink aster (can’t recall name) and Aster laevis ‘Bluebird.’
And then there will be only autumn leaves (fall’s true flowers), and after that … snowcover until April.
Spent by Mark Doty
“Late August morning I go out to cut
spent and faded hydrangeas—washed
greens, russets, troubled little auras
of sky as if these were the very silks
of Versailles, mottled by rain and ruin
then half-restored, after all this time…
In their silvered jug,
these bruise-blessed flowers”
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
Wow – what a beautiful post. You put so much work into showing us your lovely yard and all of your beautiful plants and flowers. Loved the butterflies and that little humming bird. Those peaches look so yummy. Have not had any peaches here in Arkansas for years – too many pests and diseases. GREAT post.
I’m sorry there’ve been no peaches where you are. It feels like magic having them here in northern New England. Thank you for looking at my post and photos and for commenting!
About 10 years ago we use to get a good peach crops. Things are changing on this planet.
Sigmund the Sea Monster – to the left in the second picture! (Is that what you meant by the 70s?)
I just recently asked about cultivars of Sedum spectabile. I knew only of ‘Autumn Joy’. It seemed to me that if it is a named cultivar that there must be others that are not of the cultivars, or are of other cultivars.
The Sigmund reference is over my head but looking at the second photo I think you’re referring to two patio chairs? Re Autumn Joy, this article mentions some varieties of it, including the Autumn Fire in my garden: https://www.thespruce.com/autumn-joy-sedum-2132607
It describes ‘Autum Joy stonecrop’ as the common name for the species, not as a cultivar. That would explain why they are all known as such, even if they are different cultivars. (I suppose I should have figured that out.)
It is just as well that you don’t know who Sigmund the Sea Monster was. It was a bad television show for kids on Saturday mornings in the mid 1970s. Sigmund looked like that weeping spruce.
Oh, the spruce! Yeah, somehow I missed that show, though I’m of the right age.