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Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunflowerz n stuff

Hummingbird visiting tithonia... 
I hadn't been seeing these guys... was happy to spot this one yesterday.

helianthus angustifolius
Be sure to enlarge pic to see the depth of this planting! Will post additional pics as the blooms continue to open...
Planted this patch of sunflowers from seed (well... sunflower tops scattered across the top of the soil) last Autumn.

Fence post lizard...

Checkerspot sex

Really liking these bluestem flowers...

Nother bluestem flower.

These eupatorium flowers don't look like much, and most people pull them for weeds.... but they certainly attract the pollinators, and one more thing... They're scented!
Was tryinna get a decent pic of the wasps recently, and noticed an unexpected fragrance in the air... nothing to account for it... xcept for the eupatorium!
I'd totally bottle the scent... if I could do so without harming the flowerz...
Even the dawg fennel is scented... not as nice as the eupatorium serotinum... but scented all the same.


Thai basil

ageratina altissima
Not quite fully opened...

Tassel flower (Emilia fosbergii)
Not especially an autumn flower... has bloomed most of the summer.

tibouchina semidecandra
Marginally hardy here, but easy to propagate...
I brought out some stems last winter when I cut it back in another garden in Macon... Shoved the stems into the soil... and walked away. Pretty much the same way that I propagate the brugmansias...

hemiboea subcapitata
 I used to grow gloxinia in my previous personal garden, but they aren't winter hardy here in middle GA, and required replacing each year...
these hemiboea  need  protection from deer, but are otherwise perfectly suited to the climate.

gesneriads are some interesting plants, as seen here

Finally, how about a bit of autumn leaf colour?
 popcorn tree (Sapium sebiferum)

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2 Comments:

Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Beautiful pictures - I love this time of year.

October 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Flower Freak said...

Your garden is still spectacular! Time to do some research....the bluestem flower is familiar and so sweet! This time of year and round about February, I'm always a little envious of my Southern family and friends. Your summer is hanging in and mine is long gone......enjoy!

October 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM  

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