A couple of days ago, a Monarch butterfly floated by in the wind, so I grabbed my camera and went outside.

No butterfly in sight, but I made myself walk all the way round the property, at least until the high weeds in the field halted my progress.

This time of year, there’s not so much in flower. My groundhog-devoured phlox are valiantly growing again, but whether they will have the chance to flower before first frost, I don’t know.

Marigolds I planted too late have not yet bloomed.

There seems to be a dearth of Fall-flowering plants in my garden. And yet…

There is always a wild pansy trying hard to fill a space. They too were groundhog food.

The spirea, above, looked a little out-of-control last year, and I savaged it. Poor thing has seemed very unhappy, but it managed to produce the smallest collection of blooms as a token effort.

Hopefully by next year, Spirea will have forgiven me and bloom again in full.

Additionally, I’ll try to remember to plant some seeds a little more promptly, like the colourful Portulaca.

Something tells me that my tulip bulbs have gone into some hungry wild tummy. It’s always so nice to see those early blooms, but sad they last such a short time. So I doubt I’ll replace them.

In future there will have to be a minimum of gardening.

There are still attractive things to see.

Brownray knapweed.

So small and delicate.

This one turns out to be a puzzle

Can anyone identify it? It’s in a flowerbed, but I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be:)

Because it’s everywhere else as well.

“White heath aster”?

What about this one?

“Salvia cistus”?

My hollyhocks still bloom and I wonder if I transplant them, whether the creature that devoured the leaves will still find them.

Gardening has always been a mystery to me.

Just like cooking.

Candle larkspur in the early morn………..(left)

….and later in the day (above)


Gaillardia needs to be separated. It has grown so huge, but I’m afraid that I may kill it with my clumsy hands.

How beautiful it is

And next week my little maple is supposed to get moved. I’ll worry about it too. Poor little tree.


Here’s another mystery flower:

My Willow

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    1. Yes, the first one is most likely Daisy Fleabane, a native North American wildflower, and you don’t have to feel bad about having it in your garden. Per Wikipedia, “Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabus) is a native pioneer species that often colonizes disturbed areas such as pastures, abandoned fields, vacant lots, roadsides, railways, and waste areas. In these habitats it competes, often successfully, with introduced invasive weeds.“
      I had one pop up between my patio stones, right outside my bedroom window, this past spring, and it was so pretty I let it stay there.

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