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Autumn is here!


By lauram


Well, not just yet. Fall comes late to Georgia, but driving home from work yesterday in a thunderstorm, there was a chill in the air and the trees on the roadsides were just beginning to show a bit of color. Out back is a sea of yellow goldenrod and boltonia; it looks so weedy during the summer but come fall, it’s beautiful. The butterflies are still dancing around the fallen pears – I’ve never seen more butterflies than I have this summer – but I’m sure they’ll be gone within a few weeks.
Like most of us, I’m already planning and plotting for next spring. Not much is blooming now, with the exception of a few stray Spigelia and the Eupatorium I planted this summer. I’ve torn out much of the Rudbeckia; I love it, but it flops and brings everything else down with it. It reseeds itself easily, so I’ll be sure to stake next year’s plants. I think I’ll replace it with fall bloomers, perhaps some asters. It’s wonderful to have color as the seasons change and the weather cools. I’m beginning to appreciate shade, also; although I’m envious of those of you who have plenty of sun, shade keeps the weeds down, and my ferns have been so reliable this year. I was so happy with my southern wood ferns that I purchased 6 more. More ferns, native orchids (the affordable ones, anyway), and woodland wildflowers are planned for next year. I’m making a shopping list already!
Here are a few photos taken over the past couple of days.

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Lovely buterflies. I've seen more this year aswell. You have plenty of colour still in your garden. This is one of my favourite seasons. Better than summer I think - that's always too hot or too wet.

28 Sep, 2010


lovely butterflies, I recognise the swallowtail but what are the others?
Its cooler here too we've had northerly winds and cold and damp as well, the autumn colour is starting slowly but the parthenocissus are deep maroon and some gold on the leaves-- doesnt last long but stunning-- especially if we get a bit of sun!

28 Sep, 2010


The butterflies are stunning, great pictures.

28 Sep, 2010


`What wonderful things going on in your Garden? Beautiful visitors, looking
for flowers to pollinate, which, they must be finding it hard now, that
Autumn is arriving...i have Sedums, & a few Buddliea in bloom, it seems that the Butterfly are being well supplied in your garden Laurum? Which is, looking very nice at the moment... : ~ ))

28 Sep, 2010


Butterflies are fantastic they have a lovely garden to visit. I love their colours, not had that many this year here for some reason, they came in dribs and drabs, think the rain early on spoiled things and then it got really hot and very dry so enjoyed seeing different ones in your pictures. thank you

28 Sep, 2010


lovely photos Laurum...the cat is very cute!

29 Sep, 2010


It's so good to see the butterflies others get in their gardens & neighbourhoods ... we are used to our regulars here as I'm sure you are to these but it's really lovely to see them ...thank you Lauram.
Cute cat too! ;o)

3 Oct, 2010

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