Late summer blooms can still be seen even with the garden winding down in the summer heat. This gorgeous dahlia bloomed recently, heralding the colors of fall right around the corner.
I still have cherry tomatoes on the vine, taking their time to ripen in the sun.
I planted an avocado seed and have a nice little tree starting. It gets too cold here for them in winter, so I plan to pot this one in a large pot so it can spend the winter in the Carolina room – our three season porch out back. I’ve never been able to get one this big before, so I am hoping for avocados next year. Can’t get enough of those!
The local bear family was headed up to our house one day, so I went out on the veranda to get a quick photo since the mom was far away in the meadow. You can see her just left of center here with two cubs near her, and the third cub on the right lower section of the photo. They are very afraid of people, and took off before I could get a better shot. Gone in a moment. I am glad they are easily frightened off so we don’t have to worry about them. They also make a huge amount of noise rustling in the underbrush coming through the forest, so we know when they are around if we are outside. Any noise scares them away, so running the lawn mower, or weed eater will send them off. Even music is plenty of noise, so I sometimes take the ipod out to the veranda when I am going to be working in the garden.
The geraniums are blooming again. I cut all the blooms off a couple of weeks ago and they immediately began working on a new show.
I had a couple of friends over for a safely social lunch recently. They brought their own lunches, and show and tell, and we had a lovely couple of hours. Paper napkins in little watering can rings, a purple runner with purple chargers to show where to sit, and some fresh flowers.
Each place had a little bud vase that is also a place card holder, with a purple hydrangeas freshly cut from the shrub.
A turkey has started showing up every few days. She has been here before, and cluck-purrs while she gets a few tidbits of whole grain bread.
Oliver still looks adorable as he waits patiently with paws folded.
I enjoy the early morning time, when it is cool. Stepping out on the veranda one morning with a hot cup of coffee, I almost ran into this. Ugh!! Stupid spiders. It was spun across the front of the veranda, right next to the pots of tomatoes. It went up overnight. Amazing amount of work for one spider, but it needs to move into the forest.
Now is a good time to dig up and divide the irises. My Sweet Babboo wanted to add some concrete to the edge of this bed, and I wanted to give these irises away. These are the smaller pale purple bloomers.
I dug them up and divided them, getting all the weeds out in the process.
When he is done with the concrete work, he’ll fill in more dirt to replace what has washed out.
Then, I plan to dig up and divide this iris bed, and plant them in that space. These are the prettier large flowers in two tone varieties. One is purple and white, and another is yellow and burgundy. They didn’t bloom well this year, so time to divide them. I think the rhisomes have gotten covered up too, so they need to be lifted.
I put the ones I dug up in a big bag, added some water, and took them to my neighbor.
She is the one that cut down these two trees in her yard. She wanted to get more sunlight into her house, but the bonus was we got our view back.
This is just a part of the huge amount of firewood they have now from those trees.
Walking back up the hill to our home is pretty, but it is a bit of a climb.
On the way, these yellow daisy-like flowers are bright and cheery. I think they are Black Eyed Susans. They are wildflowers, basically weeds, but lovely color where the sunlight peeks through the shaded canopy.
I saw these little red flowers too, I have no idea what they are.
The sounds of Canadian geese honking to each other and flying south over our home means autumn is not far away. And look what is coming!! This will be the best year ever, so tell your friends.
Back on the veranda, more dahlias bloomed just this week.
The last of my Cherokee purple tomatoes were almost ready to harvest.
Out front, the daisy is preparing to bloom. It usually puts on its show in late September.
What is blooming in your garden? Are you making any changes in your garden?