Autumn Blooms

Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower)

Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower)

There are several new notables in today’s garden. The Swamp Sunflower has grown way up into the sky, reaching ten feet or more during the past couple of months. Today, the first full day of autumn, a few of the yellow flowers finally emerged. This Helianthus is a native plant but it can spread aggressively so I try careful to watch it closely.

Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower)

Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower)

Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower)

Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower)

Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower)

Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower)

This little yellow spider, perhaps a flower crab spider, may be the same one I saw a week ago on this Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower).

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

A white-flowerd Alyssum was a garden star last summer and fall but this Easter Bonnet Violet has been quite the opposite this year. Planted in late April, it is only now gaining some confidence.

Alyssum 'Easter Bonnet Violet'

Alyssum ‘Easter Bonnet Violet’

An unknown variety of Aster added to the garden when new, soon became unruly and spread so much I tried to remove it from the garden. It is defiant though and shows up year after year.

Aster sp.

Aster sp.

Aster sp.

Aster sp.

Salmon-hued Dianthus did well last year in the meditation circle. This year it did fine in spring, languished in summer and is now looking refreshed.

Dianthus

Dianthus

Dianthus

Dianthus

I came across an olive-green grasshopper standing firm and erect against an Echinacea stem and have tentatively identified it as a Differential grasshopper.

Differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis

Differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis

22 thoughts on “Autumn Blooms

  1. bittster

    I don’t think I ever even considered that there were different species of grasshopper, something to google this winter! Love the sunflower bloom, I don’t know how you got up there for the picture. It must be nice to have something opening all nice and fresh at this time of year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Don’t know what possessed me to think of identifying the grasshopper but quickly I stumbled across similar images. Hope I got it right. Fortunately some of the stems around the outside of the plant are at the 5-ft level, rather than 10. This has never grown so tall.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. I hadn’t studied grasshoppers closely in a long time–looks prehistoric. I wonder has your Helianthus already bloomed, as I know your weather is much cooler than here already.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The flowers are appealing–and tiny, just an inch or two so in diameter. Wish it weren’t such a thug. It has scared me away from adding other asters to the garden although I’d love to have their autumn color.

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  2. Pauline

    What a super photo of your grasshopper, great detail ! Your helianthus is very impressive, I’m amazed at all that growth in just one year, also sure the bees will love visiting those fantastic flowers.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Pauline. The grasshopper was patient while I photographed him! Hope the Helianthus can be controlled. It’s scary how much it has grown, but I love the bright flowers this time of year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I hear you! It would be nice to be able to look into the future to see how our gardens would do with particular plants, before actually introducing them into the soil.

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  3. Annette

    The sunflower is very beautiful, its height very impressive! Guess it wouldn’t get so tall in my garden as the swamp bit is missing 😉 Great shot of your grasshopper and spider – the latter devoured a butterfly in my garden this summer which was twice the size!

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