As I did a little cleanup yesterday in the backyard, I stopped for a while to just sit and "be".
I'm usually so busy working in the yard or worrying about something that I rarely take the time to just enjoy it at that moment. I noticed that the light is changing. Our backyard is shady and with such a cool summer I realized we didn't spend that much time back there, we tended to be in the front yard where it's very sunny. Now there is a bit more sun during the day when the sun shines from a different angle. I saw that the squirrels are very busy gathering their seeds and nuts already. I've barely seen them in our yard all summer and suddenly they are back digging and running off with something in their mouths.
We saw at least one new baby fish in the pond. Even though we find some every year it's still fun discovering a tiny little fish darting out from under the lily pads. The pads are beginning to yellow, but I saw at least one new flower bud making it's way to the surface. The fuchsias are having a great year, just loaded with flowers.
I'm starting to focus on late summer/fall bloomers when I plant shop. Sweet Pea chose this beauty for the front shady garden that I've been rearranging - Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta) 'Empress'. She sure does have good taste! I actually even bought my first bulbs as well - Allium 'Purple Sensation', I had such good luck with them this year I knew I wanted more.
As empty as the shed garden still looks I can see that almost all of the plants are doing really well here, aside from a deciduous Azalea that seems to require a lot of extra water. I'm adding to our house repair/wishlist list "electricity to the new shed". Probably not something that will happen anytime soon, much more practical things need to be taken care of first ☺, but still I can dream for now. I'm picturing myself hiding away out there during the late fall or winter starting seeds or something fun like that.
The pollinators have not slowed down yet, they must not notice any changes coming. The Skippers are busy and seem to love the Lavender. I had no idea it would attract these guys when I planted them last year. I found a butterfly on the Daphne 'Summer Ice' which has not stopped blooming since late Winter, I'd never seen a butterfly on it before.
I've also noticed an increase in bird activity in the garden. There always seems to be a lull in visitors mid summer, but not now. The Chickadees, Nuthatches, Juncos and Hummingbirds have been at feeders, birdbaths and the pond.
I'm sure hoping the tomatoes are getting ready for a change. This has not been a good year at all for them. I'm starting to find quite a few green ones and am crossing my fingers that they eventually turn red. These are the 'Tigerella' variety that I started from seed.
With more rain predicted for the next few days I'll be lighting the new pumpkin spice candle and reading through the new garden magazines, all which seem to be filled with pretty fall container ideas. Time to start planning how I'll change the containers on the deck...