August in the garden means that the flowering season is winding down. Most of the perennials have finished, but a few are still going. The annuals keep going until it gets cold, so all the geraniums are still blooming, most are this vibrant pink.
In the planter box, the asters have run wild.
The coneflowers have put on a continuous show for about a month now.
Summer in the mountains often brings rain in the late afternoon, with showers that last less than an hour. Sure cuts down on the amount of watering I have to do!
The hydrageas are still giving me spectacular blooms, like this purplish pink, with green petals on the underside.
My favorite lavendar color comes along once in awhile too.
This little guy stayed in the meadow, he had a lot of grass and clover to eat. I know little bunnies can eat up a garden, but I love seeing him or her.
A small herd of deer visit regularly, too. They watched me warily as I slowly edged out on the veranda to take a picture of them. One has antlers, and one side is longer than the other, so I know it is the same one each time. Perhaps the other one was broken somehow.
As I stayed pretty still, they relaxed, and bent to the grass again, while keeping an eye on me.
Such pretty faces, it is such a joy to see wildlife out our front door.
Just about dusk one evening last week, the bear showed up again. He didn’t stay, just ambled across the meadow and back into the forest. As long as he keeps to the forest, I don’t mind seeing him from time to time. It is when he comes up to the veranda that I get nervous.
DH keeps the feeder full for our feathered friends. There are a lot of goldfinches here year round.
Up on the veranda, the torenias continue to attract visitors, too.
Beautiful butterfly, isn’t it?
One day while I was waiting with the camera ready for a particularly pretty woodpecker to come back, a hummingbird made an appearance. They are so fast, I usually cannot get the camera ready in time, or the picture comes out blurry as I try to hurry.
I snapped that shot quickly, then was able to get a zoom shot as she was hovering at the flowers, perhaps deciding which one to try next.
The yellow torenias are spilling over their pot, and almost covered up the fairy’s door. It was a nice day, so he left his door open for the light breeze.
Impatiens are blooming like crazy still.
More juicy lovelies ripened this week, do I see yet one more Tomato Pie in the near future?
It looks like I still will have tomatoes to harvest well into September. All my plants have little ones growing.
In the strawberry pot, the petunias have just about taken over the lower section, and the parsley is flavoring dishes as I cook, growing as fast as I cut it.
The other white petunia pot is spilling over as well. There is a lot of mint, I plant mint in a pot as they really can take over a garden. Mint Julep anyone?
Just last week, I began seeing this little flock of turkeys. There are five, and I think they are all jakes, young males with just a bit of a beard. Two are quite happy to come up for a handout, but the other three are pretty shy.
This is a bleeding heart that I ordered online. I wanted to start it in a planter so I could take it inside for winter as it is getting a late start. I’ll replant it in the garden in the spring.
The garden will wind down in September, and I look forward to the gorgeous color in October and November, my favorite time of year!
What’s blooming in your garden now?