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The Last Hurrah

October 5th, 2013

The fall asters are blooming, this is the last hurrah of blooms before the snow starts to fly.  The bees are busily gleaning as much nutrition as they can for their long winter naps.
New England Asters 1
New England Asters 2
I have a good amount of this lovely plant blooming in the flowerbeds and around the edges of the woods.  It’s not the neatest or tidiest plant, but it sure is nice this time of year.
New England Asters 3
Eventually, the plants in the flowerbeds will be moved to the woodland edge, they definitely seem more at home in that location.   They will be replaced by something that isn’t quite to floppy.  The good thing is that I’ll still be able to enjoy them and so will the bees!

Do you have anything blooming in the garden? 

Plants to Add to the Garden

October 1st, 2012

I rarely leave the house without my camera in my bag. There are many reasons for this, the most important being, you never really know what you’re going to see. Like this:

When we went to the Belfast Co-op a week ago Friday, we stopped to look at their pollinator garden out front. We spotted this beauty blooming nicely for late September.

Thankfully, all the plants were labeled (as they should be in public gardens). I snapped a photo of the label so I could remember to procure some seeds this winter. Downy Sunflower is a perfect name for this plant, it’s leaves are fuzzy like lamb’s ears. In case you’re interested, I found a few places that have seed:
Prairie Moon Nursery
Prairie Nursery
Wildflower Farm

I’m always looking for new and interesting plants to add to the garden, especially those that are beneficial for pollinators. Since this one blooms into the fall, it will be perfect. I can’t wait to spend some time looking at the websites listed above. I love reading about prairie plants and look forward to hopefully someday having a small prairie meadow incorporated into these gardens.

Have you discovered any new plants this fall you plan on adding to your garden next year?

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