As I posted in a previous blog post, I had a lot of hot color in the garden this summer.
But as August turned into September, I began to notice a change. The garden was dressing itself for fall, all by itself!
The garden mums that I put in two years ago as $1.50 sale items in 3 inch pots are now a foot tall and 18 inches wide. They're covered in buds and have started flowering in a lovely range of autumn colors.
I have several of these "White Gold" Lantana in both the front and back gardens. I love them! They're mounding so they stay compact (athough that's not to say "small" -- they do spread) and have done so well that I recently planted some "New Gold" as well.
In the back garden, the Tropicanna has put out a bloom, adding some fall color back there. I added a couple more pots with garden mums and some Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' - purple fountain grass.
Since we spent a lot of time out on our shady patio, I added some fall color there too, all it took was a couple of accents on the shelf in the corner.
And finally, when I first saw this moth from a distance, on the wall above the garage, I thought it was the remains of a mud dauber's nest. Only when I got closer did I realize it was a huge moth! And even he is wearing his fall colors! I'm sure his coloring works well as camoflage against a pile of fallen leaves.
On the wall -- not so much!
Anyone know what type of moth he is?
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.