Late September is a keep on keeping on time for us. The gardens are still puffing away practically under their own steam and we won’t start pulling the brakes until after the house closes (Columbus Day weekend). Now’s the time for noticing.

Gail looked up in the Bosquet and noticed a bouquet. Mushrooms on a tree (in this case a Norway maple – Acer platanoides) are, unfortunately not a sign of health…mushrooms do grow on trees

I noticed this praying mantis noticing me. (and I can’t seem to not take a picture when I spot one!)

here’s looking at you - Praying mantis in an aster

This swallowtail caterpillar noticed only the carrot greens.

swallowtail caterpillar

The Moongate Sophora is so laden with seedpods that if you don’t take notice, it will bean you.

Sophora japonica beans

One of the Rockettes noticed a praying mantis egg case in the False indigo (Baptisia australis). – Why do they choose plants we cut back?

praying mantis egg case

Kari also noticed green tipped, spooned petal mutations on some Zinnia Profusion Double Pink in the North Garden. (She thinks we ought to have it patented and market it as the Blithewold Zinnia – it is that cool!)

zany zinnia

I noticed how a Rudbeckia was deadheaded. — The first gardening job I ever had, I was given little instruction and free run on the grounds of a small school in CA. In order to fly under the radar of my boss (a tiresome and rather fatuous bump) I taught myself fairy-like subtlety and elfish stealth. — I was worried enough about doing the wrong thing that I made sure that what I did, didn’t show. Turns out, when it comes to deadheading, that’s a good thing to do! Rather than pop a deadhead off leaving a bare stick flagpole above the leaves, it’s less noticeable to make the cut at a leaf or better yet, a new bud. I like to look around the garden and see where I’ve been without being able to see where I’ve been!

leave no trace

What’s noticeable to you?

6 thoughts on “Noticeable

  1. Love the zinnia, Kris; hope it somehow can be propagated. What’s noticeable to me today is the rain and wind; first out of the southeast, now swung around out of the south west so that fog has arrived. I think I can hear the ground soaking up the moisture and saying “ahhhhhhh’ but it might just be my fever! 🙂

  2. What’s noticeable to me is the weeds that are starting to think they are safe until spring. But they aren’t, I’m going on a big weeding expedition this morning, once we get some daylight!

    That’s good advice on deadheading. Where you cut can make a difference in what the plant looks like aftewards… nice and tidy or like someone took a buzz saw to it. Nice and tidy takes a little more time, but is well worth it!

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens

  3. Kris: This is a great post. I also noticed a ‘perfect’ mushroom today. This time of year, what I notice the most, is the smell of fall. That organic, sweetness of aerobic composting!

  4. Hi – this is an invitation to join the Garden Bloggers Retro carnival. I don’t know if you’ve ever come across the concept of a Blog carnival – if not I’ve explained it in detail on my site today (Oct 1). But basically the idea is to revive an old post which you think is worth rereading, or which you think new readers might enjoy. Send me the link to the post, and in November I’ll publish a series of posts describing and linking to all the posts people have nominated.
    I hope you’ll join in and we have a fun carnival!

  5. Jodi – You’re a lucky duck to be getting rain but not so lucky to have a fever – hope you feel better soon!

    Chris, Thank you!

    Carol, I love the image of taking “a buzz saw to it”! For some plants it’s like shaving a cat – it just looks wrong!

    Layanee – Thanks! I’ll be on the lookout for your perfect mushroom – hope it’s well documented! (And if only I could breathe through my nose today, I’d smell what you smell! – change in the season always makes me feel sucker-punched)

    Sue, Thank you – It’ll be fun to look back to find a fave.

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