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Moving Into Fall…

Posted by mrssmythe on October 8, 2018 in Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Well, I would say Fall has truly arrived here in Western Massachusetts. We’re starting to see some beautiful colors, though the warm weather lingers.

And, continued warm weather means continued flowers. My hydrangeas are still putting out blooms…

…and the zinnias remain colorful and are a favorite with the bees.

The salvia has gotten its second wind and is adding some nice color to the beds. Here you see a jagged ambush bug on one of the blossoms. Have you ever seen a jagged ambush bug?

I hadn’t seen any until this year. Turns out they’re great for aphid control, but they also have a reputation for attacking other, more welcome garden visitors; namely, butterflies. I’m hoping the ambush bugs in my garden will be  more discriminating and leave the butterflies alone. There are certainly enough aphids to keep them busy.

And, speaking of butterflies…here’s an American Copper I spotted today while on a walk. Sadly, it was not in my garden. Rather, it was in a Main Street garden I admire very much and frequently pass.

If I ever meet the garden’s owner, I’m going to ask him or her what sort of daisy this is. It was loaded with bees and butterflies. It’s not the sort of Shasta Daisy I have, because bees largely ignore mine.

Also spotted on my walk…these late season roses:

Aren’t they lovely?

And, one other noteworthy spotting on today’s walk…this wild spiny cucumber vine:

Are they edible, you ask? Sadly, they are not. But they are a lot of fun to look at, and this is what one of them looks like “undressed”.

A bit like loofahs, aren’t they? Fascinating!

From the dining room table, hoping your autumn walks are yielding similar intriguing treasures,

Mrs. Smythe

 

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