It is such a great time of year. Although the days are getting much shorter, the weather is absolutely terrific for gardening. After such a brutal summer, all of our plants are flourishing with this weather. Highs in the lower 80s, and the lows are in the high 50s. Perfect for vegetable and other plants.
Here are some photos of our garden from September and October of this fall.
Starting in late August and through September, our sweet autumn clematis were filled with beautiful white blossoms that emit a wonderful, sweet fragrance. We have sweet autumn clematis across our back fence. It is a fast grower that has covered the back fence in a relatively short period of time - 2 years.
Although the blossoms are small, they bloom in great profusion. They are also very pretty when viewed up close. And if you are looking for fragrance, this is a nice selection to grow along a fence.
Our other perennial flowers have also perked up since August. In particular, the salvias are going wild. We have a lot of salvia nemerosa, salvia gregrii, and mexican bush sage that have gone bonkers. Our flowering tobacco is also doing well. Although flowering tobacco can be somewhat rangy looking, its tall spikes of white flowers are pretty and also put out a great smell at night.
The lavender provence that we planted this year is now full size and has been blooming non-stop since July. It also brings a beautiful smell to the garden on a windy day.
The butterflies and bees are also enjoying the lavender. Below are a couple of photos showing a buckeye butterfly sipping nectar from a lavender flower and, if you look closely, bees working feverishly within the multitude of blossoms.
We have planted tons and tons of turk's cap, and they are in full bloom this fall. On several occasions, I have come out to the garden in the morning to find one or two chirping hummingbirds in the garden buzzing from salvia to salvia and turk's cap to turk's cap.