Mid-September monarchs (and bloom day!)


Monarch on Verbena bonariensisAt the end of August I swivelled around the garden trying madly to take pictures of all the dozens of hummingbirds. Two weeks later it’s the monarchs distracting me from my work. They’re like a pure fall color concentrate or tiny drunk polka-dot fairies – completely captivating either way. (speaking of fairies – something tells me they’re going to be busy this weekend…)

So in honor of Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day (a day early to the party) here’s what’s blooming with a particular focus (and soft focus) on what the monarchs like.

Monarch on Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Grande bleu’Monarch on Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Grande bleu’ #2Monarch on Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Grande bleu’ #3Monarch on Solidago (Golden Rod)Monarchs on Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

When I could drag myself away from the butterflies, I found Autumn crocus (Colchicum) at the Bosquet entrance, Autumn crocus (Colchicum)

Begonia grandis in the Rock Garden, Begonia grandis

Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) near the wedding tent,

Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides)Heptacodium miconioides detail

and on the Cutting Garden fence, Clematis ‘Roguchi’ is still blooming – I think it should get the “employee of the year” award for being super productive (it will take a vacation finally come winter), efficient (the plant blooms away without growing out of bounds), and for having a terrific attention to detail (just look at that beautiful blue!).Clematis ‘Roguchi’ 9-14-07

(hover over pictures for names/titles and click on for larger images)

11 thoughts on “Mid-September monarchs (and bloom day!)

  1. Very pretty! It takes a lot of patience to photograph the butterflies and I second your nominiation for “employee of the year”! Thanks for participating in GBBD. My post is up if you would like to leave a comment to let others know you’ve posted, too.

  2. Pam, I think September might be my favorite month in the garden!

    Carol, Thank you again and again for being such a wonderful bloom day hostess! (I think it wasn’t patience with the butterflies – more like obsession — I couldn’t stop!)

    Digital Flower, Thank YOU for visiting! You’re not too far away — why not make a trip up for Gardener’s Day (and a blogger mini meet-up), September 22? It’d be great to meet you!

  3. Kris: Lovely shots as usual and the monarchs!!! They are swarming here also! Love that clematis and the colchicums. Mine have not yet started to bloom!

  4. Hi Kris,

    What a great place for wildlife 🙂

    I love to see the butterflies – especially ones I don’t get in my own garden in Scotland. I get small tortoiseshells and and red admirals – peacocks are seen here too. Isn’t it just wonderful to plant plants for wildkfe and they come! What a lovely September garden 🙂

  5. Lovely butterfly photos. I find them hard to photograph myself so I really appreciate yours! I planted some Asclepias for the monarchs this year as they make their way down to Mexico. I’ve seen them on the orange cosmos but never on the Asclepias yet.

    The colchicum are nice but it bugs me the it has come to be known generally as autumn crocus–given that there are several true crocuses that are autumn crocuses. Gardeners seem to share the problem of the Americans and Brits: divided by a common language.

  6. Thank you, Layanee – doesn’t seem like there are more monarchs this year?

    Shirl, I can’t imagine the garden without all of the wildlife! – and September is just about the liveliest month in the garden!

    MSS, Common names are the most frustrating things! I spend half my time researching the correct and current latin only to find that a lot of visitors are more interested in knowing a familiar sounding (though confusing) common name! Ah well. Better to have lots of names than none!

  7. Joyful, joyful, monarchs! About three dozen of ours hatched while I was away, but we watched seven of them come out the day I left. My other half has been keeping an eye out for them around the yard ever since.
    Don’t get me started on plant names, latin or common….just when we think we’ve got the latin mastered, some taxonomist decides to change genus or species or create a new one. And common names are just. plain. confusing. 😉

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