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I love this purple Fountain Grass. It has done well this year in my flower beds and also in containers. The deep purple and green foliage and dark reddish blooms of this plant look nice all summer, and now the plumes are drying and it still looks good. While most other varieties of Pennisetum Fountain Grass are perennials in Zones 6-9, this one is an annual. I will definitely be growing this again next year. Click on the photo to enlarge.

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fountain grass plumes
Purple Fountain Grass Plumes

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September has been a very good month for butterflies in my yard. Not only have I seen the elusive Female Diana Fritillary, but I have seen them on my butterfly bushes daily and as many as five of them at a time! Here are a few photos of some of the different varieties of butterflies that have visited my yard this past month.

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Aphrodite Fritillary
Aphrodite Fritillary

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Cloudless Sulphur
Cloudless Sulphur

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spicebush swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail

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Tiger Swallowtail
Tiger Swallowtail

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female diana fritillary   aphrodite fritillary   skipper

fritillary   Red-spotted purple   sulphur
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My English ivy is blooming, and attracts droves of bees of all kinds, especially honeybees (there does not seem to be a shortage of honeybees here!). I have this ivy growing on an arbor in my front yard along with a pink rose, and also on an arch at the entrance to the yard.

Although this evergreen vine is very rampant and invasive in most areas, with a lot of pruning I have been able to keep it contained to these arbors for a very long time. I had never seen bloom on ivy vines before until about 5 years ago when the vine on my arbor was many years old. I thought at first that it might die after the strange blooms first appeared (thinking it might be at the end of its life cycle), but it has thrived and now blooms every year in late summer and fall. We also have ivy growing wild in the woods nearby and in the deep shade of these woods, it does not bloom. My arbor gets plenty of sunshine though and I have tons of these strange flowers there every year. The bees absolutely love them! I will cut this back before the seeds ripen, but for now, it looks kind of neat. Click on the photos to view larger versions.

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honeybees on ivy blooms
Honeybees cover ivy blooms

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honeybee closeup

Closeup of honeybee on ivy flower

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ivy blooms ivy flowers and bees up close many ivy blooms
Ivy flowers, Honeybees, Clusters of ivy blooms

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Autumn’s the mellow time.
-William Allingham

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scarecrow
A scarecrow in my flower bed.

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When summer gathers up her robes of glory,
And, like a dream, glides away.
-Sarah Helen Whitman

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squirrel eating dogwood berries
A squirrel hanging upside down in a dogwood tree, enjoying the ripening berries.

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Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.
-Stanley Horowitz

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mums and fall decorationsfall wreath   asters blooming a couple weeks ago
Mums, fall decorations, asters blooming

potted mums in bloom   potted mums   potted mums
Potted mums in bloom. My perennial mums are just starting to bloom.

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Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant

Happy Fall to everyone!

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