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Summer Blooms are on the Wane

Here is the American South, we are enjoying some slightly less hot weather.  Soon, the weekends will be filled with the passion of our region, college football.  Fall practice has begun.

This week the Shasta Daisies have been all deadheaded.  Soon, they will be cut back and the compost bin will begin to fill.  The black eyed susans are still glorious but there is some one or something eating on them that I will have to sort out.

The encore azaleas are giving a fresh display of blooms.

There has been sufficient rain that the irrigation system has not had to be given extra duty.

Here are my photos of the week.

This is a lantana “Miss Huff” which usually attracts plenty of butterflies.


The zinnias and the blackeyed susan looks great together.


The container of sedum and agastache are also harmonizing.  The sedum “Autumn Joy” is beginning to show some fall color.


These pentas have been laggard this year but this group looks like it is perking up a little.


This milkweed is called Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) and was taken by an acquainance while visiting in Kansas.  It is showy indeed.


Here was a visitor on my deck this week.  He was acting like he wanted to drill my chair but he eventually flew off.  The iNaturalist couldn’t completely identify him except to say he was a wasp.


That is my lot for the week.  Hope your gardening is successful and brings you joy.  The day light hours are shortening and soon we will have some cooler temps.

Remember to check out our British friends on the propagator’s blog.




Author: topdock

Traveller Gardener

5 thoughts on “Summer Blooms are on the Wane”

  1. Love the A Speciosa! I was torn on that one and went for incarnata, tuberosa and verticillata. I will see how they do and perhaps add a speciosa later. Very pretty! Do you get many caterpillars on it?


      1. Plant it and they will come! I planted milkweed this spring and have my 10th caterpillar, but only one has made it (I hope) to pupation.The 10th is still 2nd instar, so I hope he makes it. They have all been on my A. incarnata, but not tuberosa nor verticillata. I have heard that they love syriaca best, but I prefer incarnata and was looking for something for the wet area. I guess showy milkweed is not native to Alabama, but I think it should grow and monarchs will find it.


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