Monday, September 15, 2014

Blooms Winding Down

Time again for the September Garden Bloggers Bloom Day brought to you by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. For more blooms around the world you can check out her web site. Now that you are here you can see what is going on in my Zone 6 garden here in SW Indiana.
My garden is starting to get that worn around the edges look. There are a spattering of blooms here and there.
You walk down this path and you can see that the Tall Phlox still has enough blooms to scent the air. The Datura was still open at 1pm today. It is so overcast. 
One of the bright spots of the garden is this mum. While it isn't a fancy variety it has lived in this garden for quite a few years. Out living many others I have tried. 
I have White and pink Anemones blooming now. This is unusual because the pink ones usually bloom earlier in the season. Then the White ones take over. Not this year. We have had a mild summer with plenty of rain. 
While looking out front for some blooms I got side tracked looking at all the bugs and bees drawn to the Fireworks. 
Sedums too had their share of bumbles.
The only rose blooming is the carpet rose. 
This little butterfly didn't care that the rose blossom wasn't at it's best. 
Toad lilies are blooming up a storm this year. 
It would have been a good year to add to my small collection.
This begonia looks so delicate but don't let looks decieve you. This is a hardy begonia. I couldn't believe my eyes when it survived this past winter. As you can see it is blooming up a storm. I just love begonias. I wish there were more hardy varieties. If there were I would grow them all.
Another stalwart of the fall blooming garden is Aster. I don't remember the variety of this one but it is floriferous. I am pleased with how it is blooming.
What is blooming in your garden? 
Below is a more concise listing of what is blooming. I didn't even mention the annuals that keep a bit of color going in the garden at this time. They are hard workers too.
Black and Blue Salvia
Filipendula "Kakome"

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Drama In The Garden

I went out to stroll through the garden early one evening when I saw a bright red spot in the garden where there shouldn't be one. I found a volunteer salvia had popped up. I was quite surprised to find this because it has been several years since I have had one of these small red salvias in the garden.
Then I spotted a butterfly on the underside of a hosta bloom. I thought it was taking refuge there because it was getting late and the wind was blowing like crazy.  I got my first shot and I wondered why it sat still while I got so close. 
When I moved to get a better angle I saw why it didn't fly away. A preying mantis had it. 
The mantis continued to eat the butterfly as I continued to try to get better pictures. As macabre as it may seem it was fascinating to watch the mantis gobble it's dinner.   
This garden marauder was only about 3 inches long.  Now you see why I chase away the big ones from the hummingbird feeder. They could catch a hummer and devour it too.  
Have you found anything unusual in your garden lately?