The Tuesday View September 20

September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

Fall color is beginning to creep into the trees and ferns behind the garden, a process that helps me adjust to the inevitable.

img_4859The biggest changes from last week are the sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) have been decapitated by a hungry squirrel and the heart-leaved asters (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) have begun to bloom on the far left and in the middle (in front of the zinnias and behind the coneflowers). By next week, they will be big lavender clouds, airy and light.

Many gardeners around here eschew this lovely native, but I find it has great merit in the garden if you have the space for it, as it can grow quite large.

img_4863While I was taking these photos this morning, I was graced with the presence of yet another migrating Monarch butterfly. It felt like a blessing, bringing a ray of hope now that I have seen half a dozen this summer, whereas the past few years I have seen none. Fellow gardeners, continue to lead the charge for bringing this imperiled species back from the brink of extinction! Learn more by clicking the link above.

img_4845Continuing to provide color are purple, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana), white, dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), zebra mallow (Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’) and zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’). Calendulas (C. officinalis) are mixed through the left middle. Purple morning glories, on a teepee at the back, brighten the early hours.

On the right side, the white phlox (P. paniculata) is finishing, while the stalwart white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) continue to do their thing. 

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

September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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44 Responses to The Tuesday View September 20

  1. .”..the sunflowers .have been decapitated by a hungry squirrel…” I was not expecting that comment, Eliza! 🙂

  2. Kris P says:

    Bad squirrel! The border still looks good, though.

  3. It really is beginning to look fall-like. I love the Monarch – it looks almost fake!

  4. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    It’s certainly getting an autumnal feel but still looking lovely. I can see why you like the aster.

  5. Val Boyko says:

    It really is a garden for all 3 seasons Eliza! Very inspiring 💛

  6. Alice Pratt says:

    Yet another Monarch! (Almost) nothing beats being outside and “capturing” the unexpected Butterflies and other pollinators! All (my) Goldenrod is covered with Bumblebees and wasps & others, grateful for all the nectar. They are so welcome and I enjoy the yellow color of these flowers, and love the visitors so much! What a wonderful amount of enjoyment your flower garden has provided for so many this past 1/2 year!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you so much, Alice. I’m glad to share this little plot with so many.
      It is true that native plants have the most pollinators on them. The aster is just covered with a great variety of bees, hoverflies, etc. Love it!

      • Alice Pratt says:

        A few days ago, I saw the last Hummingbird, but the male and female Downy Woodpeckers are still enjoying the fresh “hummy nectar!” Fun to make them all happy! Last week I bought a raspberry colored Aster….(I needed more to take care of 😀 ) .lots of bumbles on it.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        It must be beautiful, and it worth its care. 🙂

  7. bittster says:

    Even with all the summer flowers I can see what you mean about autumn tints coming through. The backdrop is coloring up and those asters are going to be great! Did you plant the asters or did they seed in on their own? I have a few which came in but they’re all somewhere between weedy and somewhat attractive with only a few real nice bunches.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They both were volunteers that I allowed to stay. They get big fast – they are 3 years old and about 5′ diameter. I think they are spectacular. 🙂 Right now they look celestial, I see why they named them ‘asters’, they look like little stars floating in a nebula galaxy. Soon they’ll be lavender mounds. Love it!

  8. Well the good news is, it’s spring over here Eliza so you can still connect to this beautiful season 🌻🌺🌻🌺

  9. I just love seeing the garden in all it’s phases. What a wonderful idea.

  10. arlingwoman says:

    It looks as though it really came into its own in the past two months. I love the way everything has a last burst of loveliness before getting all autumnal.

  11. Cathy says:

    If it wasn’t for the slight changes in foliage I would think it is still summer Eliza! You still have so much lovely colour! That must be why the Monarch stopped by, to admire it all. 😉 The asters are pretty – nice to have wild ones settling in. I hope the squirrel doesn’t remove the last of the sunflowers as well. Thanks for sharing, Eliza!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Cathy. I’m hoping that I might be able to harvest some seed for next year, but I might not get the chance! The asters all throughout the property seem to have benefitted from the dry summer, they look terrific.

  12. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Wow, this is a piece of Heaven, Eliza! I am looking forward to seeing the Aster in full bloom next week!

  13. Bun Karyudo says:

    “Off with their heads!” said the squirrel. Poor sunflowers. 😦

  14. Rebecca says:

    When I was a child, I did a school project on butterflies and learnt about Monarch Butterflies. That was the beginning of my love for butterflies, and the Monarch in particular. We see them sometimes here in South Australia, usually towards the end of summer. They are such beautiful creatures, and even more so when you know how fragile their existence is …

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Fascinating! I didn’t know they were introduced to Australia – amazing that they adapted. Is there a native Asclepias (milkweed) species or were they imported as well? Perhaps they might prove to be a buffer population in the face of their North American decline.

      • Rebecca says:

        I am not sure, Eliza. I assumed in my ignorance that Australia was part of their long passage of migration, but I’ve probably got that completely wrong. If I have, then I would imagine it must be an introduced weed here (of which we have many) that allows them to live. I see a few every year — not many, but always a few, and only ever in our house south of Adelaide, the one further from the city.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I read up on them at the Australia Museum. Seems that the first sighting was 1871. I can’t help but think the first ones must have been mightily confused when migrating! While the adults feed on flowers, the larva only eat milkweed, so it must have been a challenging (or lucky) introduction.

  15. Christina says:

    I love your cloud-like Aster, it adds that frothy exuberant touch to the border belying the fact that autumn is approaching.

  16. karen says:

    The squirrels stole my plums. I had no idea they liked them. But they made us laugh attempting to take more than one at a time. There were plenty left for us. Thanks for sharing your glorious photos.

  17. Maria F. says:

    It looks nice, Eliza!

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