I haven't posted updates on the flower beds as often as usual. Today, I took photos of the area just to the east of the house and the critters that were there.
This butterfly bush is between the front yard bed and the side yard. This was taken facing north.
I planted 4 or so small bridal veil plants in this pot this spring. It filled in quickly, and has looked great all season.
The snail vine will not be blooming much longer, because the nights are going to be getting colder, and this plant does not like it when the temps are lower than the 50s.
The fall blooms have joined the annuals that have been blooming all summer and a few perennials that still have some color.
The salvia, 'Black and Blue' is looking great still. The comfrey on the left did not mind being transplanted to this spot in the spring.
The Short Toothed Mountain Mint keeps looking like it's going to spread in the spring, but by picking up the fallen stems before the roots have a chance to go far, and pulling a few strays, I've been able to keep it in check. The goldenrod, 'Fireworks' may need to be kept in check, too.
Here's a closer view of goldenrod, 'Wichita Mountains', which is on the right in the above photo.
The blue on the bottom left in the above photo is a spiderwort I thought had finished blooming for the season.
Here's another moth of some kind on the 'Wichita Mountains'.
I can't remember what this daddy long legs is on. It looks like amsonia leaves to me.
I can't remember what kind of asters these are, but there are a few volunteers here and there in the bed, and I'm glad they are in good spots.
Here's a closer view of the black insect.
I think this is a bellflower of some kind. It has a long bloom time that starts in the spring. I though it was finished for the season, but discovered these while taking photos for this post. :o)
The yellow helenium next to the rudbeckia, 'Herbstonne' is still blooming well. The Russian sage is flopping over. I can't remember if I trimmed it back or not this summer, but will be sure to next year.
Do you know what the plant that is trailing from the upper left corner is? It reminds me of the beauty berry bushes that are in the front yard, but I haven't gone back and forth to see if they are the same thing.
This bee is enjoying the cat mint blooms.
The liatris is finished blooming, but I still like to keep the dried flower stalks around. The amsonia 'Hubrichtii' is starting to turn its fall color. The smaller comfrey that has blue flowers was also moved to the bed this spring. It's on the left in the front of the bed. I wonder if the coreopsis, 'Moonbeam' in the front will bloom again.
I had trouble getting a clear shot of the spider in the amsonia that is different from my others, in that I have to keep it from spreading too far. The others just stay in their own clumps. The leaves are shaped a little different, too.
I like this coreopsis I got the spring of 2009. I plan to move some of it in the spring because I want to plant something taller in the corner that may take up the space.
Here's a view facing the south more.
Misty Dawn, I hope you don't mind I put a post on my flower bed up for Camera Critters. It does show the habitat I have provided for them, and a few in action. Folks, click on the link for Camera Critters in my sidebar to see more critter posts.