It's late September, and I've gotten into my Fall gardening mode. I've been dividing and moving some of my established perennials around ... planted brand new ones ... and bought some new daffodil and tulip bulbs to tuck into spots here and there. I've weeded most of my garden beds and even dressed them with a fresh layer of compost to enrich the soil for next Spring's growing season. What I'm having real difficulty with is pulling up my annuals. Oh, there are some scraggly flowers, long past their prime, that I have no problem pulling up and tossing in the compost pile. It's the ones that are still pretty and perky that make me wait another day ... and another day ... and another day ...
Sweet Alyssum ... it's almost prettier now than it was all Summer. The colors seems more vibrant, and when a gentle breeze blows ... their sweet scent is just intoxicating.
The lovely flowers of Lemon Mint still draw plenty of bees each day.
The bees love Cleome, too. They are still going strong. Now I'm just waiting for the seed pods to start turning brown.
I grow Marigolds in flowerpots. I gave up on planting them in the ground since the slugs totally destroy them. At least this way I can enjoy them until the first hard frost.
Colorful Snapdragons actually prefer the cooler temperatures of Fall. I'll wait a bit longer on these.
I grow Black-Eyed Susan Vine every year, also in pots. They really don't start blooming until late August here in the Pocono Mountains, but the flowers are so pretty.
Zinnias are also another late bloomer. The leaves show quite a bit of mildew by this time, but the flowers just keep coming.
This is the last of my "hanger ons", and my favorite. I've had this pink mini rose bush growing in a large pot for the last 3 years now. It always amazes me that she's still strutting her stuff in late September. But soon the days will become even shorter, and when the temperatures regularly begin to dip below 50 degrees, that's when I'll gently prune her back and bring her into the garage to spend the winter. It's sort of like say "goodbye" to a good friend, but at least I know I'll look forward to seeing that friend again in the Springtime.