Monday, September 1, 2008

Late Summer Surpises

Today was the day..I had to cut back my Susans. I have been dreading this day all week, but it had to be done. I have way too many Rudbeckias to constantly deadhead, but I do cut them all the time to bring inside. I have vases of these pretty flowers all summer. (Don't tell my other flowers, but these are my favorites!) So armed with shears I head out early and find a few late summer surprises.

My daisies stopped blooming 2 months ago..but I found 2 little flowers on the already cut back bed of daisies.

First time for me to have this Dwarf Coreopsis
(auriculata nana)--I found one little bloom proudly standing tall on this plant.

I don't know what this is. It is a water plant in the pond. I planted it a long time ago, but haven't seen it in years. The sun on the pond is heaven!

And, as I went to cut back the Susans, you can see some in the background, I found a bloom on the Hollyhock!

I removed this lantana around the pond 2 years ago, and look what I found!

I brought in as many Rudbeckia flowers as I could for one last vase. I have never had them bloom twice, but I know other gardeners are lucky to have them all fall. Life gets in the way of gardening sometime, but these late little blooms helped remind me that there is always a secret garden out there if we just take the time to look.
"Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another. " John Muir


Anonymous said...

It's always fun finding some hidden surprises just waiting to be discovered in the garden. I bet your vase of Rubeckias is gorgeous right now.

JenningsJunk said...

First, love you quote today! I love all your quotes, but today's really spoke to me :-)

Second, how fun to find surprises when you're dreading a task. All your blooms are really pretty and I enjoyed seeing them VERY much.

Susie said...

Don't you just love plant surprises!!! I enjoy walking around my flower beds and finding things blooming that I thought had given up the fight. But plants have such a will to live. That Lantana of yours is one determined little plant.

Meadowview Thymes said...

pgl--it was nice to see these surprises. Especially when I was so sad to cut back the susans. The vase is smaller than normal, but I plan on enjoying it as long as I can. Don't you have Black-eyed Susans? Are yours still blooming?

jj--Oh I am so glad you liked the quote. I love John Muir..he says things that just make sense!

Susie--I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the Lantana. I do like finding these little surprises. I love to be waiting for something to bloom, and go out one morning and there it is...the flower I have been waiting on!