It still feels like summer here in North Carolina, but I’m ready to welcome fall! I’m slowing adding bits of fall around the Potting Shed.
A tricolor pot of mums helps make the transition to fall, blending the colors of both seasons, while summer annuals are still in bloom.
My window boxes are waning after a dry and hot summer, with the exception of the ornamental sweet potato vine that’s still growing by leaps and bounds.
I tucked in some pots of mums and ornamental kale to fill in the holes left from petunias that had expired, until I’m ready to replant the boxes. The sweet potato vine hides the pots that are nestled in the window box.
Sunny ‘Hello Yellow’ milkweed has been blooming all summer and I’ve been on the look out for Monarch butterflies that I saw last summer hoping it would attract them.
I didn’t spot any this summer, but was thrilled to see proof that they stopped by. . .
Monarch eggs and larvae have an estimated survival rate of between 5 – 10%, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed :)
Limelight hydrangea blooms have taken on burnished hues. . .
And Gulf fritillary butterfly are providing some fall color with wings.
They’re loving the blooms of the lantana, that’s drought and heat tolerant.
Hope you’re enjoying bits of fall where you are!