Sunshine Kisses and Tiny Visitors

September 17, 2010

A beautiful, sunny, gorgeous summer day, with hints of fall all around me. When I walked around the corner of the house, I literally ran into a wall of fragrance from the sweet autumn clematis. It was shocking, astonishing and delightful, an invisible surprise that made me react physically. It is already getting past its prime; the honey is now tinged with a bite of cinnamon. (Makes me want toast.) The middle of the blossoms pucker up, like lips ready to kiss the sunshine.

There are fewer and fewer milkweed bugs, no babies anywhere to be seen. I’m learning that they have a natural antifreeze in their bodies to help them hibernate through the winter months, so we’ll see them again next summer, happy, healthy and frequently copulating.

Spider webs everywhere again – big ones in the veggie garden and on window sills, medium size webs between the bricks and between drying stems, teeny tiny two- and three-threaded webs between seeds on drying blooms. A huge bonus today for watching and observing; a miniscule red spider, so small that I wouldn’t have noticed it had I not been making multiple exposures of the same clematis seed head. She ran up and down each prong, starting at the bottom and continuing all the way around, like a Spirograph. She was smaller than the head of a pin, about the size of a pencil dot. How amazing that she is mostly unseen, unnoticed, but places a role in the garden, even if it’s just randomly running around a clematis seed head.

The ajuga is wilting like spinach in a hot pan, getting ready to disappear for the winter. There are hundreds of acorns scattered throughout the beds, and more ticking to the ground every day. They crunch underfoot on the bridge and drop into the pond, drawing the goldfish.

A Dion Skipper lands on a foxglove leaf and poses for a photograph. The leaves on the trees in the parkway yellow and fall, the honey locust sheds and the lily of the valley forms the orange fruit which is very poisonous. I’m thinking to plant some on the berm later this fall; it is happy in the shade and under the pin oak we certainly have shade. The weglia on top of the berm is very much in need of a good trim and shaping. I wanted it to get established before I whacked at it, but it certainly needs a whack now. It in branchy and thin, pointing every which way with no shape or attractive form.

The beans are happily growing and the spinach is thriving. No sign of the lettuce. I’m thinking we’ll have some fried green tomatoes this weekend.

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