We’re a week into September, and finished with the holidays of summer. Everyone is back in school, from the kids at the College to the home schoolers.
You can almost here the hum of brain activity between the diesel rumblings of the school busses each morning and afternoon.
Our mornings are cool and brisk, with a hint of mist in the air.
Somehow, the world smells different, fresher, cleaner than it has for a long time now.
I’m watching for the first jugs of apple cider to show up at the grocery.
The few autumn magazines I’ve seen are filled with shades of brown, cream and gold, punctuated with a little mahogany and red. This seems to be the palette of Autumn 2013 as decided by London and New York. But my garden begs to differ. It has grown a purple haze.
We’ve noticed pairs of cardinals descending on the bushes and dining together on their lavish buffet.
Purple Hibiscus crop up in unexpected places, and the “Rosalie Figge” iris have begun to bloom again.
And then, there is this amazing wildflower we discovered during our first autumn here.
It looks like a weed through most of the summer, but if you’re patient, and leave it to grow, it just explodes in September with beautiful, airy, lavender blue blossoms for weeks and weeks.
I love this flower, and watch for it now in early summer, to make sure its left to grow. It is a perennial Ageratum, Eupatorium coelestinum, and it has spread from one end of the garden to the other. A native perennial, considered a weed here along the East coast, it spreads by underground rhizome and by seeds. Hardy Ageratum, also called “Mist Flower”, enjoys full to partial sun, and prefers moist soil. Like so many of our native wildflowers, it will grow in a wide range of conditions and isn’t terribly picky about soil. As you might guess, bees, butterflies, and other nectar loving insects enjoy it, especially since it continues to bloom through October, when many other flowers have already given up for the season. All of my hardy Ageratum is a similiar shade, but seeds are available in various shades of purple, blue, and white.
I love the contrast of purple with green, and at the moment my garden is full of it.
- A Beautiful Wildflower (forestgardenblog.wordpress.com)
- Bringing Birds To the Garden (forestgardenblog.wordpress.com)
- Butterflies Everywhere…. (forestgardenblog.wordpress.com)
- Exotic butterfly expected to emerge in Britain (theguardian.com)
- A Flutter of Summer (llblog2010.wordpress.com)
- Buddleias: butterfly dope dens (akashicliz.wordpress.com)