It’s time once again to check in with Cathy at Words and Herbs for the Tuesday view. The word this week is hot, and plants are wilting under the dry sun as temperatures rise to 90F (32C) and above for the last few days. This would have been welcome in August, and even tolerated earlier in September, but now it’s just tiresome.
The plants seem ready to let it go as well. The summer crowd is moving on and the flowers and grasses of autumn are doing their best to pull together for a finale.
Even as the perennials fade, the half-hardy cannas and verbena bonariensis are still putting on a decent show. I should really water a little, it would be the least I could do for them after all their hard work this year.
There is one surprise though. Last fall I bought a ‘hardy’ agapanthus which I didn’t dare leave outside. It overwintered dormant on a cold windowsill and then went into the bed in May. I can’t believe my small plant has flowered!
The other surprise has been the butterfly hordes which have come to the garden this past week. Dozens of painted ladies showed up a few days ago and it seems like other butterflies are showing up as well. Maybe it’s a migration or maybe it’s just the weather drying up the surrounding and forcing them to move on for their nectar. Either way it’s exciting to see all the butterflies surround you as they lift up off the flowers as you pass by.
I’m still waiting for more Monarchs though. Today there were maybe a half dozen moving through but I’ve heard reports of many more North of here. Not too long ago we had a fall like that, with dozens floating through the air, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too much and I’m just glad to see the ones we’re getting.
So maybe this dry heat is good for something after all. Maybe it’s the perfect weather for butterflies on the move and will make their migration even more successful. I’ll tell myself that as I stand in the heat with a water hose, cursing the stupid gnats and dreaming of snowdrops. Is it too soon for that?