A hummingbird's vantage point: Fuchsias are still going strong and
should provide nectar until the first heavy frost.
The flowers are diminishing in my northern shade garden. It's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day (GBBD)--celebrated by bloggers around the world on the 15th of every month.
I wanted to make sure to post today because my garden's blooms might be gone by next GBBD. In my USDA zone 5 locale, we generally get our first heavy frost in early to mid-October. I will keep the hummingbird feeders and the potted Fuchsias hanging until then.
As I was trying to capture shots from the Hummingbirds' vantage point, they were buzzing around my head. I didn't want to disturb them too much, so I pulled back.
Juvenile hummers in my garden no longer need to compete with yellow-jackets
at this spot. This feeder has bee guards.
I must say the hummingbirds are plentiful this summer! I don't remember seeing so many of them during previous summers--at least not in this shady garden. By the way, I know the red food coloring isn't necessary in hummingbird feeders, but there was a reason for this. My dripping-style feeder was being overtaken by yellow-jackets. I wanted to make sure the developing, migrating young hummers would notice and adopt this new feeder, and they certainly have! Next time I fill it, I'll use pure sugar water.
Hosta of the Equinox (H. aequinoctiiantha): another nectar source
for hummingbirds and other pollinators.
Do you ever try to photograph scenes or wildlife and almost miss opportunities for other photos (or simply miss out on the observation)? As I was trying to snap photos of the hummers, I glanced over at the late-blooming Hostas, and noticed the autumn sunlight glinting through in such a magical way. My photo can't quite capture it, but it sure was pretty.
|The parting shot of a lone Rose.|
And then I looked in another direction and noticed a lone late-season Rose. It's the only Rose bloom left in my garden ... kind of a bittersweet farewell.
|This photo of a Cosmos bloom was taken earlier in the summer,|
but they're still blooming profusely.
The Cosmos flowers are still plentiful, so I am very happy. And so are the bumble bees.
|Cosmos, Hostas, Sunflower, Stonecrop Sedum, Mums, Daisy Fleabane, and Goldenrod.|
Arranging flowers from the garden takes on a special significance with the season's end--when they're among the last blooms of the summer. I'm joining in the Seasonal Celebrations meme, too, because flower arranging is one of my favorite ways to celebrate new color palettes and seasonal transitions. I had to add a few fillers to this arrangement, but about half of these flowers are from my garden.
And then there are the surprises ...
|First Hyacinth Bean bloom in mid-September!|
Just like last year, my Hyacinth Bean vines got a late start. Long story ... but I didn't even think they would bloom this year. Then, as I was passing by yesterday, I noticed a few buds. What a wonderful September send-off!
Thanks to Carol for Hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Donna for hosting Seasonal Celebrations. You'll want to visit their blogs to find out how gardeners around the world are celebrating the transition from one season to another!