Mystery dahlia, but quite lovely
AS SEPTEMBER GENTLY NUDGES US INTO A FALL state of mind, there are lovely moments nearly everyday. The colors of late summer and early fall flowers are rich and vibrant. Tomato harvest is peaking. Cabbages are just this side of splitting. Pears need picking almost daily. Cactus are blooming! Winter squash are ripening and bees and spiders are busy, busy, busy.
I’ll let the garden speak for itself.
I think this is a banana squash. The seed came from the zucchini packet!
Bartlett and Comice pears
30 year old (maybe older) mammillaria pringlei.
Is this a beautiful blossom? Bean blossoms are seldom seen as they are often hidden by the leaves.
These are EVERYWHERE.
As are these (on the tiny flowers of sedum ‘Autumn Joy’)…
and partaking of nectar from caryopteris ‘Dark Knight’
and drinking at the birdbath. We have a beekeeper in our neighborhood–hooray!
Matricaria (also known as feverfew); they look so cheerful and like sunnyside-up eggs. They self-sow freely.
Many plants in my ornamental and vegetable gardens are volunteers, like this verbena bonariensis whose seeds likely came from compost added to the garden. I like to leave volunteer flowers in the vegetable garden to enliven the scenery and invite lots of pollinators and predators alike.