September - Here She Comes!!

In just two days, September will be here.  It always marked the true end of summer to me, even though the days were often still hot, the light had already begun to shift and the days were getting ever so slightly shorter. As a kid, I hated it.  As an adult, I often think about how I have missed most of summer and how did that happen??

When I was a kid, summer lasted forever, now it seems like it is two weeks long.  How did I miss vacation time?  And not having a pool to laze in and swim in, that is the thing I most miss about living in Florida.  I would get up in the early morning, make coffee and slip out to the pool and swim laps - fast and slow, and sip my coffee while everyone slept.  

This summer I saw the daylilies and then the rain and weeds came.  I sprained my ankle, and walking on the uneven ground of my gardens to do weeding was out...so the weeds have won this year.

I do love the change in the greens at this time of the year. The bright spring greens are wonderful, but the complexity of the greens as they age and darken is something I enjoy watching.  As I walk my dogs each morning, I have been seeing lots of purple flowers. Why so many purple flowers in fall?

Thistle

 

Joe Pye Weed and Ironweed

Flax on the roadside

Here's one of my hydrangeas that has been incredible this year.  It is at the end of its season.

 

And I always love the Queen Anne's Lace (Not purple!!)

 

What kinds of flowers and foliage are you seeing where you are right now??

We'll be doing a drawing (random number generator) of one winner if you make a comment by the end of August!! The prize will be one skein of Yummy 2-ply Sock and we'll include a pattern of Martina Behm's Miss Winkle.

 

 

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Barbara H

Barbara H

The most colorful plant right now is crepe myrtle.

Linda

Linda

In my yard, Rose-of-Sharon trees and white hydrangea bushes. Some autumn phlox and echinacea. In the wild, goldenrod, evening primrose and purple loosestrife (my favorite)

Kristi

Kristi

My annuals are some for the year, but the beds are still green because of all the rain.

M J

M J

Drought here. Poison ivy is thriving, and bindweed. But the sunflowers are toughing it out!

Christine

Christine

Oh so many colors out there in “German” nature. Golden grains, green foliage, red tomatoes, purple plums,…
My favorite colors: white hydreangas, purple cone flowers, magenta butterfly bushes, yellow sunflowers and again and again the fall colors of mums…<3!

Virginia S

Virginia S

Most plants have gone brown here in S. Texas due to the heat and lack of rain. I do have a few that I’ve been nursing along, pepper plants and geraniums. Hopefully, cooler and wetter weather will be coming soon.

Betty R

Betty R

I am seeing the last of my lavender blooms now!

Jeanne

Jeanne

Daylilies and roses are blooming now. I’ll have to look for thistles, I think they’re pretty. Was just starting to contemplate planting tulip bulbs when I found out we’re moving again!

Peggy aka Picklesoup

Peggy aka Picklesoup

I have two lavender bushes that I adore- one purple and one white. I would love to put in 2 or 3 rows of them the entire lenth of our driveway. They do so well here! But I’m sure my hubs won’t let me. Maybe I’ll do it anyway. Bwhahaha. ;)

Janine

Janine

My basil, pineapple sage, and cilantro are still in full swing. I think each one grew a foot the last week! Here’s to knitting in the lovely chilly fall weather to come :)

Karen Vradelis

Karen Vradelis

The heat of summer has taken its toll on my Daylilies but looking at Crepe Myrtle pastel “Snow” and all the little green gourd-lets is keeping me going until the leaves start changing!

Melissa Yadlosky

Melissa Yadlosky

Don’t count the moments, make the moments count…

Debbie

Debbie

I love to see the flowers that still bloom in late summer here in Michigan. I have a miniature rose bush thats been neglected and is blooming like crazy. Also my hydrangea bush is still blooming, lovely flowers all summer.

Pam

Pam

My deep purple morning glories were beautiful this morning.

Rose L

Rose L

I love summer but also look forward to fall. In Iowa we are having a late August heat wave. Next week it is supposed to be a little cooler. Before long it will be time to bring out the hand knits to wear.

Laurie Bowen

Laurie Bowen

Crape Myrtle, Day lilies, squash, pumpkins and tomatoes are going crazy here :)

Cindy M

Cindy M

Around where I live, the weeds win. But some if them have lovely colors.

Elaine

Elaine

September ushers in our rainy season here.

Jean

Jean

Here in Turkey, we are waiting for the autumnal rain showers to moisten the parced soil. The beautiful apples, pomegranates and grapes are coming into season and the temperatures are beginning to fall slowly. My favourite time of the year. Thank you for your post.

Cathy H

Cathy H

Right now I am enjoying my neighbor’s sedum which is purple and she is going to let me divide! I am also admiring the HUGE seedpods on my 7 foot high milkweed!

Jenny

Jenny

I agree, it really starts to feel like fall once Labor Day happens. The kids are back in school, the nights get cooler. My garden has begun to die back some. The beans are done, the potatoes are ready to dig up, but the tomatoes and pumpkins are still growing!

Kat

Kat

All of the Crape Myrtles are blooming around here right now. And not flowers or foliage, but I’ve noticed lots of mushrooms around lately.

Jeanette

Jeanette

My roses are blooming – so reds, orange/yellow and white with pink highlights. And my dahlias – the red are gorgeous and I have a couple of pale orangey-yellow that are like a little pop of sunshine on a rainy day.

Cassie

Cassie

I have 3 good sized bright orange pumpkins in my yard at the moment. Since I didn’t plant a garden this year, the weeds have taken over and I have flax growing where my squash should be (if I had planted it). I’ve noticed dashes of bright red and gold here and there on trees that have started to turn a little early. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I wish it could be October every month.

Chris Engels

Chris Engels

I have these beautiful orange flowers (and I don’t remember what they are) I planted two summers ago that I didn’t think would grow. Their bulbs sat in my refrigerator for five years and now I have two gorgeous plants plants that managed to grow.

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