Saturday, September 14, 2019

Fading Summer Patio

We're still having highs in the 90s, but the season is definitely turning to Autumn.



Here's what the locusts are sounding like this year:


The hummingbirds still come to the Honeysuckle, the Pentas, and the feeder:



but the flowers are fading.




The purple basil and the mint are looking scraggly:


We had some young cardinals adopt our feeder last month:


but they've grown so they look almost as fully-colored as the adults.

We haven't had as many butterflies this year, but we get the occasional grasshopper and katydid:


We enjoy spending time out on on the patio


except in the wintertime, but even then it's a nice view to look out on.

17 comments:

  1. Your patio looks like a beautiful spot and the flowers still have beauty even as they fade. I wish we still had temps in the 90s. The weather has been changing. Cool mornings and very warm afternoons. It's hard to know how to dress at this time of the year. Have a lovely day!

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    1. We're getting morning temps in the 70s, which feels cool to me lol

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  2. Great photos! You have a lovely patio.

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  3. Your patio is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy. I had no idea that those insects were so loud! Summer is winding down here, too. Enjoy your weekend, Valerie

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  4. I always LOVE seeing your patio. To say I have patio envy is like calling the Queen Mary a rowboat. I'd give anything for mine to come even half close to yours, but I don't have the same space you have. I'm truly in LOVE with it. It looks like the plants are still growing. Most of my herbs have died! DIED. Too much rain.

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    1. We haven't had rain in over 2 weeks, but before that we had too much. Never that just-right place. I'm going to try to put tulip or daffodil bulbs in a pot this fall, so something will bloom early in the spring. It'll be fun to try :)

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  5. I always thought it was the cool shorter days that slowed the garden down, but I guess not. Your patio is a fabulous place and I bet you have some wonderful times out there. You sure know how to create a fabulous atmosphere out there. Happy rest of your weekend.

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    1. The amount of sunshine on our north-facing patio decreases greatly in the late summer, and I think the change in sunlight has more to do with the seasonal change than temps. I know the amount of rainfall affects tree color. I don't know what we can expect here in terms of how pretty the leaves will be. Some years they turn brown and drop in a day :(

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  6. Still looks so nice out there. Fall is here. Enjoy it while you can. :)

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    1. Yes, I can definitely tell summer is over, but I'm looking forward to sweater weather :)

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  7. Your patio looks so nice & cosy for a long end of summer sit. Your pots still look quite lush.

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    1. Most of the potted plants will come in once there's first frost predicted. They hold up well.

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  8. Oh my, I love this post! I always enjoy seeing and hearing what's going on in your patio, it's such a beautiful space and it looks like autumn is on its way 😀. It feels like that here too, the days have got cooler although we still have plenty of sunshine! Wishing you a wonderful week! Hugs, Jo x

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    1. I can tell by where the sun/shade line falls on the patio, and autumn (at least meteorological autumn) is proving it has meaning here now. Starting in late August the north-facing patio gets precious little sunshine. It's still hot, though, but is cooler in the mornings than it is in the autumn.

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