Late Summer in the Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on August 6, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

I think late summer is my favorite time in the garden. So many of my favorite flowers really come into their own in late summer. The yard is filled with color and happy pollinators. Finches land on the zinnias. I love to just sit out on the front porch and watch all of the comings and goings.

By far, the most popular plant in the garden right now is the Milkweed.

It draws all sorts of bees and wasps, along with several kinds of butterflies.

Other flowers I’m enjoying right now…

This red Queen Anne’s Lace:

(Did you know Queen Anne’s Lace came in red? I didn’t until I saw it at the nursery this year).

Zinnias are also one of my favorites:

I love how long they last, how enthusiastically they flower, and the fact that they are sturdy enough to support the little Finches who touch down in the yard in search of seeds.

The Black-Eyed Susans are out in force right now.

Someone once described these to me as the “workhorses of the New England garden.” In my yard, that’s certainly the case. They flower in long-lasting abundance and manage to look good for weeks on end.

A final late-season bloomer I love – Joe Pye Weed:

I have this in profusion now – a multitude of plants that came from a single specimen I bought years back. The plants are so tall, I had to stand on tiptoe to get this photo. Joe Pye Weed is another a big draw for the bees.

In fact, I think attracting wildlife – birds, bees, butterflies – is one of the main reasons I garden. However, some wildlife is more welcome than others…Groundhogs for instance. Look at what a single, awful Groundhog did to my pumpkin patch last week:

Isn’t that terrible? The greedy thing sawed off dozens of leaves, stems, and pumpkins, all in the space of a single week. I was so unhappy when I saw this. After working diligently for weeks to give these pumpkins a good start…to have this be the end…it’s heart breaking.

Needless to say, we’re making plans to remove Mr. Groundhog. Don’t be alarmed. We aren’t planning anything cruel. But, really, he needs to go.

From the dining room table, sincerely hoping your garden, at least, is groundhog-free,

Mrs. Smythe


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