This bee was actually "sleeping" .. it was early morning while I quietly investigated plants and what might be included with them ?
The perfect match of purple/blue and yellow was more like Easter than Autumn slowly drifting in.
This is such a butterfly magnet ? yes as a gardener that has been pounded into my head but I have seen more bees than butterflies this year .. in fact I have no idea how 3 Curly Joes were created on my pots since I saw hide nor hair ? of the mom butterfly!
Aside from that ... Nanho Blue is on gorgeous buddleia .. that silvery foliage illustrates it is very hardy when cold or dry conditions pound away at it .. I don't know how many years I have had it in fact !
I'm working on a hydrangea spot here .. dug up the astilbe chinensis and placed them further back in a semi circle around these hydrangea .. #1 I repositioned last year and can I remember what it is ? a BIG DUH? but I know it is a "lace cap" and placing Summer Lace near it will dispaly some gorgeous flowers .. I know they are too close .. I just hate doing that but I can't help myself ?
I planted some on sale Flamingo astilbe last year and I am in awe of how pretty it was and still pretty with these dark dried flower stalks with wonderful foliage .. an all season (ok .. skip winter and early Spring until they come out ;-) winner with such a great show fresh and dried.
Below is one of my goatsbeard's dried flowers .. I couldn't resist how amazing it looked in the early morning sun .. so intricatly detailed like lace chains ?
Pamina anemone has surprised me with such long flower stalks .. I think it might be mislabeled because I have had this cultivar before and the stalks were never this tall and the flower a lot lighter pink .. what ever it is I have to admit it is pretty but I really wanted a dwarf type in this bed .. oh well .. another "oops" in the garden ?
J.P. Connel (upper picture) has been a beautiful own root rose for two years now .. the yellow looks darker here as a bud but it becomes such a gorgeous soft pale buttery yellow when the bloom opens and ages .. I love it !
Another rose I am loving is Winchester Cathedral (below) I am a sucker for white roses and husband still doesn't know that ? hum .. anyways ... I have one of the many pictures I took for my header picture until I totally dive into Halloween mode ? ;-)
I'm not sure I can distinguish between crows and ravens .. I know ravens are supposed to be larger .. I have no idea which kind this "guy" is but yesterday morning while I too these pictures he/she was giving me the beady eye and scolding from my neighbor's roof top so I just had to stick out my tongue at him and snap his picture .. a little "Poe-ish" touch to the post ?
Cue creepy music in background !