I was worried the sweet potato vine might shrivel up and disappear because it would not get much sun at all .. but some how it thought other wise and looked beautiful all season.
I have had my BIG Fall planter of mums and purple fountain grass sitting on the back deck patiently waiting for the "exchange" to happen (with a few near misses aka the shrivel up because you haven't WATERED me yet again thing happening) .. meanwhile all the mums in that planter have been popping and this planter is still looking too good to swap out yet .. the joke is on me ?
So is the case for the heuchera and astilbe, plus many of the other garden plants in the front .. they are in a really good mood ? plant prozac ???
The markings have really come back to life with some cooler weather (not much rain or watering to help them either .. so what gives ?) .. I know one thing for sure, I have to have another red Colourflash astilbe .. this one has been gorgeous, thanks Rose (my friend in Ontario)for putting that in my head : )
Gypsy Dancer Heuchera has also been exceptional .. I love the marbling in the leaf pattern. Whether she dances or not, she is a "babe" in my eyes : )
OK ... I did have to sneak Pinky in one more time ... you know you want to admire him too .. so stop moaning about over exposure .. we all know I can't help myself !
I think he inspired the goldenrod that bloomed more than a few weeks ago into reblooming one more time .. how is that for encouragement ? wink wink nudge nudge ;-)
Now for the "polka dot" birds .. Sophie the "watch cat" clued me in to the activity in our Sumac tree .. she was fixated on the deck door and what was going on in the tree. Some times Sophie get fixated easily .. so I didn't pay attention right away.
I have no idea what these birds are .. tan brown heads with the polka dot wings seem to be the adults .. and boy ! can they strip berries off faster than I have ever seen the Blue Jays do it and that is saying something !
They are probably very common ( sounds terrible when I say it, let alone type it here .. or was that my mind wandering again ?) birds but they are rather pretty.
This seemed to be the "baby" they were trying to teach about gulping the berries back .. he was a bit awkward but VERY enthusiastic ! We all know enthusiasm can make up for the other bits ?
Hope some one can tell me what they are .. other than me calling them "polka dot birds" ? ... next it will be Barney the Dinosaur visiting ...or is that passe` now sigh !
This is part of my haul for some of the Spring Bulb Circle ... I am still waiting for my other part from Vesey Seeds to arrive .. more allium,daffodils,scilla, grape hyacinth .. well .. all sorts of goodies ? .. plus I am ready with the good old reliable bone meal to settle them in for their long winter nap ? .. I know ... shut up about winter .. fine ... be that way ... but Halloween is almost HERE !!!!!!
Did you notice the heathers ? I'm trying one more time and I swear this is the last time even if they shrivel up and leave home again .. last time !! I swear !!