Fall is my favorite season and I’ve been counting down the days anticipating its arrival. I’m so glad it’s finally here!
We had a teaser of fall weather a week ago, but in typical North Carolina-fashion, summer is back and here to stay for a while. Upper 80 degree temperatures this week and into next, means no cider sipping by the fire pit anytime soon, but I’m still ready to roll out the pumpkins!
In celebration of fall’s arrival, I chalked up my Potting Shed door.
And gathered some pumpkins. . .
Tricolor mums help make the transition from summer to fall, blending the colors of season, while annuals are still in bloom in the garden.
Limelight hydrangeas have taken on a burnished hue and made the transition from summer to fall, ready to dry.
The stems are weighted down and heavy with flowers, weary from a long summer. . . just like me. ;)
I cut some hydrangeas to fill some watering cans and used them this week at the table in a centerpiece and to make a quick and easy DIY Fall Harvest Arrangement.
Knock Out roses are still blooming along with containers of summer annuals. I’ve cut back from my summer daily watering schedule, but still lugging the hose around several days a week.
Knock Out roses will get pruned in winter, since any pruning now might encourage late growth that wouldn’t harden off in time for winter.
I’ve stalked the hummingbirds with my camera all summer but they’re always too fast for me, zipping from flower to flower and chasing each other away from the feeders. Most Ruby-throats will leave North Carolina by mid-October, return in late March. Shorter days are thought to be a signal for the birds to head south and some even begin migrating as early as late July.
Milkweed has reseeded and sprouted everywhere, living up to the ‘weed’ in its name.
I let it all come up in hope of attracting more Monarch butterflies that provide some welcome wings and fall color in the garden! I’ve seen several Monarchs flitting and fluttering about the flowers this week.
Hummingbird moths are still visiting the lantana that’s thriving in the heat. . .
And the last of the verbena that’s still blooming. If you’re not familiar with hummingbird moths you can read more about them, here.
Happy first day of fall!