The Tuesday View September 13

September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

I’m a bit late on posting the Tuesday View, but though the photo was taken early Tuesday morning, time got away from me until today. Better late than never, I hope.

img_4561Even though I think not much has changed, I look at last week’s photo and see that of course, change is constant. The biggest change is the sunflower has begun to bloom and it is a beauty. I featured it in my Silent Sunday post, in case you missed it.

img_4578Along the back, purple, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana) mix with white, dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), and dots of zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’).

Calendulas (C. officinalis) are mixed in the middle left with zinnias. On the right, through the middle, pink and white phlox (P. paniculata) continue to bloom, along with white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), and the perpetual lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina). 

img_4575We’ve had several nights this past week where the temperatures dipped into the low 40sF (5C), which the heat lovers, like zinnias, do not like. I’m savoring the last of my garden blooms, as I know the end will come eventually.

I’m linking with Cathy at Words and Herbs, joining participants taking weekly photos of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.

Below are some of the previous views for comparison:


April 1, 2016


June 11, 2016


June 28, 2016


July 26, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016

August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

September 6, 2016

September 6, 2016

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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49 Responses to The Tuesday View September 13

  1. Alice Pratt says:

    There is hope: Flowers can’t bloom forever…..but….we know their seeds will continue to rest and start growing again in March or April and the the wonderful cycle will begin again. 😍 🌷 🌹 🌸 🌺 🌻 🌼 🌻 💐 🐿 and we will be out in the gardens rejoicing every new sprout of green we see.

  2. Kris P says:

    I love that mallow!

  3. Christina says:

    Wow! Your temperatures at night have dropped steeply; those sound like mid winter temperatures to me. The sunflower is beautiful, do you know what variety it is? It would earn a place in my cutting bed with so many lovely sunny blooms.

  4. Cathy says:

    The first thinh I noticed this week was the light, filtering through the trees in the background. And the sunflower of course! The splashes of pink at the back are still very vivid – those cosmos and zinnia colours are lovely. We haven’t had such a cool night yet, but no doubt autumn will catch me unawares. I must eat up my basil before it starts sulking with the shorter days! Thanks for joining me again with your lovely view Eliza!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy. I usually shoot at the end of the day, but this one was at sunrise, thus the light in the forest. My basil is still doing well, but I expect that won’t last if the weather continues to be that cool. I like to freeze some for winter use.

      • Cathy says:

        I have only tried freezing pesto – do the basil leaves also stand up to being frozen?

      • Eliza Waters says:

        If you pick the leaves and top sprigs and put loosely (not packed) in a container and freeze, once frozen, you can open and quickly pull out what you need for cooking and return to freezer. (Leaves will be brittle.) Do not allow container to thaw or you’ll have sogginess! I add leaves to sauces, omelettes etc. at the last minute to preserve the fresh flavor.

  5. Have you had any monarchs this year? I was at a native plant garden in Asheville, NC, yesterday and was surprised to hear they haven’t seen a single one. I haven’t either, but didn’t expect to, since my garden is so shady.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, three this summer (up from zero last year – 300% increase!), two were in my garden, the third was at a friend’s. The second one came every noontime for about a week to dine on zinnias, fattening up for the journey, I expect. Zinnias are definitely on my ‘must-plant’ list from now on, along with milkweed, seeds of which I disperse every fall.
      I bless them for a safe and successful overwintering. These adults are the athletes of the 4-stage cycle and deserve every break they can get. Hopefully, their numbers will increase.

  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Still plenty of beauty left in your garden.

  7. To me, it looks almost like the garden has started to get organized – not so much blooming everywhere, but blooming in order!

  8. smallsunnygarden says:

    Your sunflowers are so cheering (just what sunflowers should be 😉 ) And I love the mix of cosmos, zinnias, and calendula!

  9. ladyfi says:

    So very pretty!

  10. Things are still looking fine in your garden! I particularly like the cosmos.

  11. Brenda says:

    Lovely. I’ve never been a big fan of zinnias, but love the mix with calendula and cosmos. I think I’ll plant some next year for the monarchs (well, we had one monarch this year, but always hoping for more).

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Brenda. I am heartened to see a few monarchs this year, so I’ll do anything to encourage them. Let’s hope they increase until they are back to historic numbers!

  12. Bun Karyudo says:

    It’s very interesting to see the photographs one after another like that. The flowers are beautiful and it cheers me up just to look at them. Sadly, I guess it’ll only be a short time now before winter finally arrives.

  13. Inger says:

    A feast for the eyes Eliza – Love all the colours! 🙂

  14. Maria F. says:

    Very nice group of flowers, I love the sunflowers and cosmos

  15. bittster says:

    The bed which you’ve been featuring is quite large, I don’t think I realized that before. What a project to keep it going!
    The colors of the zinnias and cosmos are so nice and fresh for this time of year. We had the cooler nights as well and I’m glad to see the annuals are still forging ahead. My fingers are crossed for a late frost this year!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      This was at one time our veggie garden. I used to can 50 qts. of tomatoes, froze beans, peppers, etc. Over the years, the perennial end expanded and this year, the annuals have taken over the last of it. I have a farm share and they are much better at veggies than I. My strength has always been flowers.
      I heard that the jet stream is going to give us a late frost this year, which is fine by me!

  16. Robbie says:

    What a great idea to take a picture of an area over time in a year. I should do that one season! It always amazes me how it changes from one day to the next, or week to the next. It is a jungle right now out there and I can’t see from one end to the other-lol. You have such wonderful space. I love the view with the flowers in the distance…I see mine up close to much-LOL

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Robbie. Maybe you can start the project and join us next year? This is my biggest garden so it has the greatest impact. My other beds are more season specific. I can imagine your garden being a jungle – I’ve missed your posts this summer. You could have reblogged old ones and we probably wouldn’t have known the difference, just happy to see your space. 🙂

  17. Always fun to stumble upon a piece of yours that I have missed 🙂

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