As summer slowly winds down, the growth cycle for some plants are beginning to cease but still provide much interest in the garden. Like this 'Niobe' clematis, with it's cool fuzzy seed heads. Just as pretty as the colorful blooms....I think.
Monarchs are still flitting about. They are the prettiest of butterflies, don't you think? And until I had the macro feature available, I'd never realized their bodies were polka-dotted. Unlike some of the Tiger Swallowtails...whose wings can get tattered...Monarchs always seem so perfect.
The tiny buds/blooms of the Beautyberry bush is not something you would notice easily, but macro-size it, and it's quite pretty.Every branch is loaded with berries, all along it's length. Soon they will turn a brilliant shade of purple. A few hours in now, (and I'm still blogging!) I noticed this guy crawling down the window pane. The numbers on his belly confused me for a second 'til I realized it's from the rim of my lens...lol!I think grasshoppers are cool but this guy's kinda creepy looking! Maybe because his armor is not the friendly shade of green! I wonder what he's thinking as he's watching me watch him.
Late blooming, 'Fire King'....one of my new daylilies. I like it alot but he looks very similar to Bright Sunset. Anyone grow Chinese Lanterns? A neat perennial but, be warned, they spread like crazy! Also known as ground cherry (Physalis alkekengi). They are considered poisonous so that may explain why they are not commonly grown. I did pinch back all the leaves on these stems so you can see the pods better. After I took this photo, I pulled out 30 plants to make room for the mums hiding underneath. They'll look great in dried floral arrangements. Cute that bottom pod is heart-shaped ;) I hope you all have fun family plans for this holiday weekend. Be sure to take your much deserved break and enjoy what September has to offer in the garden.