Today is the first day of fall, the weather has cooled and the leaves are floating down gently here and there. September is in full finery, sporting warm afternoons and cool evenings. Now is the time my garden says goodbye to summer, with a few last flourishes of flowers and a slow transition towards winter.
The yard is now in deep shadows even in midday.
I spent this morning in the garden, cutting back hostas with crumpled leaves and draining the champagne tub and turning it over to wait through another winter. This summer was unusually dry, with only a sprinkle or two for all of August and many of my plants relied on the water saved in my rain barrel and the water in the pond. The barrel is completely dry and what water remained in the tub has been used to soak the perennials one last time.
The champagne tub is closed for another year.
Here and there a summer flower remains. The busy knockout roses are in their last flush of bloom, the fourth this year. In a few days I will deadhead the last of the buds and rose hips and prune the bushes back. The moonflower gave up one last giant bloom and the cone flowers have been cut and set into a vase to fatten up the goldfinches before they begin their migration.
A bit of lamb's ear that I started this summer.
On the front step I have replaced the ferns with mums, adding a bit of purple this year. In a couple of weeks I’ll incorporate a Halloween decoration or two. Summer is over and it’s time to buckle down and get back to work on my next novel.
The last moon flower.
It has been a quiet summer. We did not vacation away from home until September, on our wonderful visit to New England. My husband was busy out playing his guitar professionally and privately and we were able to spend time with our closest friends. Nearby Philadelphia has been busy preparing for a visit from the Pope while many of the local residents head in the opposite direction to avoid the crowds. We’ve been told to hole up as if weathering a snow storm. That sounds to me like the perfect time to write.
A final knockout rose.
Thank you to all of the new readers I had here last week and to my faithful visitors as well. I love the opportunity to bring you into my garden, my home and my life to share a moment every week. I am thrilled to read your comments and emails. Please come visit again!