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Late again but with good excuse. I volunteered for the annual County Fair at the Garfield Conservatory. Normally working in the organic demonstration garden, this time some extra help in the children's activity area was needed. I can do that right? Corn husk dolls, paper quilt squares, farm animals,pony rides. HA!!! They needed someone to help out in the bubble pools.
I had a great time but could not move for hours after returning home.
Well, here is a look at this months garden. I didn't get a picture of the Chocolate eupatorium with it's white flowers and chocolate leaves but maybe next time.
One of several late planted sunflowers that look pretty in the panicum.
Asters bloom in many sized groups throughout the garden.
Sedum is such a well behaved plant and draws many pollinators during bloom. I leave the dried flower heads up all winter and sometimes even allow new growth to form up around the old in spring.
Clouds of wild panicum allow a veiled look at blooms behind. We have two types of panicum one is billowy the other more erect in habit and stays looking nice even through winter.
Grew small ornamental gourds this summer. The foliage is big and looks nice through summer. When it starts to look ratty we pull all of it and harvest the gourds. Next year I would like to try a large birdhouse gourd.
The Autumn Clematis has finished blooming and has begun to form the pretty seed heads. It is growing on a metal arch fastened to the garage for support. This blank white wall looks better covered in the vine but I must keep an eye on the vine. I do not want it behind the gutter or on the roof. What a lot of growth in one season.
Now this is what some would call a weed. Normally all I get in the wild garden is the pink Lady's Thumb or Pennsylvania smartweed. With all the rain in August this damp loving wildflower got a start. Read up on it's wildlife value at the Illinois site.
Persicaria lapathifolium pale smartweed