Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve shared a garden update.
Grab a cold drink and come along for a stroll with me.
We had a very hot and humid August with above average rainfall,
making it feel tropical and steamy.
The good news was I didn’t have to spend a lot of time watering in the heat and humidity.
The bad news is the weeds flourished!
Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower and wild passion vine,
is a vigorous grower and common wildflower in the southern United States.
It can easily grow 20 feet or more in a summer and is considered invasive
in the Southeastern US, where it grows rapidly by its extensive root system.
It volunteers every year, popping up from the field next to the Potting Shed.
Left to its own devices, tangled patches of passionflower
will ramble and climb over everything in its path.
Each bloom lasts a day and the good news: the blooms are irresistible to bees!
Passionvine is the source food for the larvae of Fritillary Butterflies.
More good news: There is plenty of food for Fritillary Caterpillars!
Variegated Fritillary Butterflies are loving the Verbena Lollipop
that reseeded and is coming up everywhere.
The tall stalks are looking unkempt and I was ready to tidy up
and cut them back until I noticed all the flutterby activity. . .
The shabby state of older blooms are looking much like the tattered wings on
Variegated Fritillary Butterfly.
In addition to attracting butterflies, I noticed Goldfinches feasting
on the seed heads, so I decided to leave them a while longer.
This Common Buckeye Butterfly
is enjoying the late summer verbena blooms too.
There are lots of hummer wars in the garden right now!
I usually hear them chirping as they zip by defending ‘their’ territory.
See How to Revive a Tired Feeder and Attract Hummingbirds, HERE.
Limelight Hydrangeas have begun their fall metamorphosis.
Good news: Fall is a great time to plant shrubs in your garden!
If you’re looking for an easy to grow, low maintenance shrub that will
provide you with beautiful cut and dried flowers too,
see my public service announcement: Plant a Limelight Hydrangea…or Five.
Bad news: The roses have been complaining with our excess rain.
I was surprised to find this cluster blooming . . .
Earth Angel Rose is a fragrant old-fashioned rose with blooms
varying in color from white to soft pink.
More flutterbies. . .
The most common butterfly in our garden is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
Enjoying the verbena, lantana and butterfly bush.
And especially fond of the few zinnias that the bunnies didn’t eat,
as they were planted in a pot out of reach.
Clematis ‘Bernadine’ is still blooming. You can see it at its peak in May, HERE.
Clematis ‘Bernadine’ is a rebloomer variety,
flowering in late spring or early summer and then again in August.
“No garden truly blooms until butterflies have danced upon it.”
– K. D’Angelo
What’s your good news / bad news in the garden?