September is a month of transition in the garden with summer blooms waning and annuals spent from the summer heat. . .just like me!
The creamy-chartreuse Limelight Hydrangea blooms have transitioned from summer to fall to a burnished shade.
And the stems are weighted down and heavy with flowers.
September’s light has shifted and taken on a golden glow.
Changing from the bright direct light of mid July.
Morning glory is undaunted by the summer heat and humidity and climbed its way up the birdhouse post.
I planted my vintage Schwinn bicycle along the border this summer. You can see her planted with pumpkins here.
I added a rear basket to the bike, attached it with cable ties. . .
And placed coir liner in the baskets to plant angelonia, million bells, petunias and asparagus fern, all annuals that can take the summer heat.
Morning glory has climbed up her frame. . .
And Mother of Pearl roses are blooming alongside.
I’ve been stalking Monarch butterflies with my camera recently. . .
Most the time unsuccessfully, but it’s always a thrill to see them flutter by! They’ve provided some welcome entertainment as well as unexpected fall color in the garden!
Milkweed volunteered this year and is a host plant for monarchs.
I’ve been keeping my eyes out for monarch eggs but haven’t seen any, then I realized the reason why. . .I was watching male monarchs!
Here’s a fun distinction and an easy way to identify male from female monarchs. . .
The male monarchs have scent glands, visible as black spots on their hind wings. The female monarch doesn’t, and has thicker veining on her wings, which make her appear slightly darker in color.
I caught these male monarchs are sunning themselves on the crepe myrtle.
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