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Friday, September 18, 2009
September's Sunny Garden
Autumn is just around the corner. That's what the calendar would tell us anyway. There are a few indications of the subtle transition to fall around Hoe and Shovel. One has to be paying attention closely to notice as, in typical Florida flashion, it eases up on us ever so slowly.
The sunny days remain intense albeit in this Florida garden the length of them is a little shorter with the dawning light starting later and the evening darkness falling sooner.
Is there a more sure sign that autumn is on its way than when Golden Rod is blooming along the roadsides? It is every where, all of a sudden, these past few weeks. And at Hoe and Shovel Florida's native species Seaside Goldenrod, Solidago sempervirens was added to the (so-called) wildflower garden back in March. Its delilghtfully bright yellow blooms are clambering with tiny bees day-in and day-out.
This is the ONLY time of year when the squirrels take a short break from their acrobatics trying to steal the bird's food from the feeders. Grrrr... little rodents with plenty of natural seed pods to chew ... for a while anyway.
Have you seen enough of the caladiums this year? I'm happy to report they are faithfully lasting through September. Most are still making a very nice showing of varied color while displaying their summer textures throughout the landscape.
September's garden probably doesn't look much different than it has the last couple of sweltering months. Florida just doesn't give over to autumn in ordinary ways.
I'll be glad when the cooler temps decide to make a visit but we are prepared to wait patiently for that autumn change, too.
September's sun is helping the front lawn renovation fill in nicely. It is hard to believe the rapid growth actually. Looking back at the photos from just a month ago it's amazing how fast it's growing.
Do you see the beginnings of the Muhlenbergia capillaris, purple muhly grass blooms in the upper right hand corner? They are so light and fluffy right now they almost don't show up in the photo.
But I'm tickled purple they are blooming! Another sure sign autumn is on its way.
Happy September days dear gardeners,