Monarch Butterfly on Zinnia:We've been fortunate to enjoy the visits of the monarch butterflies lately. We must be one stop on their migratory route. This monarch seems quite busy tanking up for the journey!
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii):Everyone who has visited our garden this year has commented on this Butterfly Bush. It does have a nice color to it but unfortunately I don't know the variety. I bought two of these two years ago for five dollars a piece and no label.
Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia):Our Russian sage is still producing blooms but has really slowed down. It's hard to tell since when the flowers fade a purple husk is left behind to form the seeds. As a result there is always color until the absolute end. Even after the leaves and flowers fade Russian sage is pretty cool for winter interest because of the white colored stems that remain.
Pink Cosmos with 'Powis Castle' Artemisia:The pink cosmos and 'Powis Castle' Artemisia are accidental companions. The cosmos self-seeded nearby and a stem with a few flowers dropped close to the artemisia due to the rain. It's a good accident I think.
Homestead Purple Verbena and Sweet Potato Vine:In the birdbath garden the 'Homestead Purple' Verbena and Sweet Potato vine have blended into an interesting combination of foliage and flowers.
Oak Leaf Hydrangea and Hosta:While neither the oak leaf hydrangea or the hostas are flowering I thought I would end this post with how they end their blooms ~ seeds! You can see part of the oak leaf hydrangeas seed head remaining where the dried up bloom remains. Hosta seeds are little black winged seeds that resemble the samaras of maple trees. You can collect hosta seeds and raise new hostas from them but they will not breed true to the mother plant.
Labels: annual, flowers, Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, perennial