September is a month of transition in the garden with summer blooms waning and annuals spent from the summer heat. . .just like me. I’m biding my time stalking the gardens centers and waiting not so patiently for pumpkins and ready to add some mums, pansies and ornamental kale!
Vines are loving are heat and humidity and still growing and going strong.
I cut some grapevine, pokeberry and Morning Glory blooms to add to my Potting Shed Garden Shop Sign that hangs on the back door of my Potting Shed.
Morning Glory volunteers every year, so I let it grow enjoying the blooms, crawling and rambling along the lantana.
And I placed some stakes and trellises to allow it climb.
This small red morning glory appeared to the delight of the hummingbirds, growing among the pink blooms on this trellis that I placed in my new perennial bed.
Wild grapevine is growing along the field next to my Potting Shed, along with pokeberry or pokeweed.
While pokeweed is poisonous to humans, the birds flock to feast on the berries that beginning ripening in August and September.
Black-eyed Susan vine has climbed my ladder and overtaken the Knock Out® Rose growing next to it.
And sweet potato vine has spread and filled in the holes where the petunias were in the window boxes.
I found a hanging scale after some retail therapy and another trip to The Depot at Gibson Mill. If you’re looking for some fresh picked vintage, schedule a trip to this 88,000 square foot antique mall!
I harvested a pound of hydrangea blooms to fill the scale and dry to enjoy this fall.
Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine, is a vigorous grower and common wildflower in the southern United States and a source of nectar and food for butterflies and bees.
It volunteered and pushes its way up between cracks of the boards of the porch every summer and climbs the length of my shutter.
Each passion flower bloom lasts a day and is irresistible to bees.
And its the source food for the larvae of the Gulf fritillary butterfly, which feed exclusively on species of passionflower.
You can see them feast and strip the vine here.
“Il faut bien que je supporte deux ou trois chenilles si je veux connaître les papillons.”
“I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with butterflies.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince
Welcome fall color with wings and butterfly metaphor for life!