Thursday, September 8, 2011


 The little red bugs on the milkweed pods have turned into larger orange and black beetles. I don't know what kind of beetle they are, but the contrast between the orange and black is kind of cool. I hope the birds are filling up for their journey south.

The Autumn Joy sedum is just beginning to open its buds.

The gardens look mostly green, but if you look closely there are still a few things blooming. An overblown rose with beautiful color:

Some dianthus in the pot, mostly smothered by the sweet potato vine:

Isn't this guy a monster? Of course, that's why we planted him.

And the dark red sweet potato vine in the other barrel is actually blooming! I didn't even know it could bloom. It's pretty, although the blossoms stay hidden inside the leaves.

The bachelor's buttons are still blooming, and I hope they're dropping lots of seed for next year. I love the blue, and I have too little blue in my gardens.

And finally, I walked down to the edge of our property, along the road that I drive up each day to turn in the driveway. I really enjoy this view, but I don't usually have a camera with me when I see it. The building in the background on the left is the barn, and the house is completely masked by the trees. The trees in the foreground are locust, and we call them our Dr. Seuss trees because of the way the branches have grown -they're old and gnarly. When they bloom in the spring, before the leaves come out, they look amazing.


  1. Thanks for sharing this view of the front of your house, Renee--it's so lovely with all the old trees. We have several locust trees, too, and I know what you mean about how they grow however they want.

    Your bachelor buttons will probably come back next year--I planted some three years ago, and they've come back every year since. I was also surprised to see my dianthus putting out some new blooms this week, too. 'Autumn Joy' is such a great plant. I love the scenes of September, but most of all, I'm loving this cooler weather!

  2. Hi Rose! I've always felt so lucky that we stumbled on this property because of the number of mature trees. While the Black Walnut trees frustrated me as a gardener, they are beautiful, as are the numerous Hackberry and Locust. We've planted an Oak and disease-resistant American Elm as well, and we hope future generations will enjoy them as much as we enjoy our older trees.

  3. Renee, I would love some of your bachelor button seeds, perhaps we could swap? I have zinnias and cosmos and cilantro and basil and lots of others!
    Getting that blue color is difficult!
    If you fish around in the barrel, you will find your sweet potato vine has formed a large tuber. If you dig it out, you can store it and replant it next year! some folks actually eat the tuber, but I cannot imagine that!
    I planted my first Honey Locust, I got the Sunburst, it seems birds LOVE them!

  4. Nice post. I really enjoy t6he simplicity of bachelor buttons. And I love the way they sprinkle themselves through the garden. Priceless.