slideshow: appreciating september's offerings

WITH THE FIRST COLD NIGHTS (we hit 41 degrees F Monday!) I’m suddenly invigorated–and overtaken by two impulses: to nest and get cozy (including tossing out loads of things), and to edit the garden (additions and subtractions both lie ahead). While plotting my plans, look what beauties I noticed through my camera lens in the almost-fall landscape:

September Garden Slideshow

CLICK ON THE first thumbnail to start the show, and toggle from slide to slide using the arrow keys on your keyboard or the arrows beside the captions. Note for best viewing: If you “zoom in” too much in your browser, or are on a very small screen, or both, you’ll cut off the bottom line of the captions (and much of the vertical photos themselves as well). Zoom out!

NOTE TO SELF: It helps to go slow, to really look around. Even here, in my rural life, I have to remind myself: Stop! Look! Listen! (Maybe I should label this slideshow–with every bug, bloom, and blight–my September gratitude list, the way I did the one a month ago?)

    1. margaret says:

      Hi, Lucy. I don’t know for certain what the “Mohawk” on it back is, but based on how other other moths and caterpillars works, I suspect it’s something that evolved to discourage predators from taking a bite. Often unusual coloration, texture, hairiness, etc. are all about staying alive!

      Hi, Terry. It was too big and too long-legged for the jumping spiders, and I think it must be an orb weaver of some kind or maybe an Argiope but hmmmm….not like any in books here or on BugGuide.net or anywhere I usually check.


    1. margaret says:

      Hi, Marie. Sorry about the spiders. I actually love them, though most people I know don’t! :) Well, I am 2 Zones colder than Brooklyn, so I think I either have to take it into the cellar or who knows what? What a feat this will be!

  1. Jason says:

    Once again, I love your pictures. That silver leaf sunflower is stunning, I’d like to grow some. And a lot of people don’t realize this but chipmunks are actually quite arrogant. The proof is how they eat YOUR apples while sitting in YOUR lawn chairs, then don’t clean up after themselves. Next time they’ll leave a note that says, “So, long, sucker”.

  2. Susan says:

    I read that if you take a broom or a rake, and break open the fall webworms’ nests, then birds will come in and take the exposed caterpillars. We also wondered why does it seem that there are so many more spiders — and bigger spiders — in the late summer and fall? My husband says one factor is that nesting seasons is past, and the birds that in spring feed their babies on insects and spiders, have graduated to their seed and fruit diet, leaving many more spiders to mature and grow. We get bright green and yellow garden spiders and find them beautiful.

  3. Linda B Horn says:

    The beautifully hairy moth is the Tolype Moth, a native in the family Lasiogampidae, and feeds on many broad leaf trees and shrubs. Linda Horn

  4. Martha says:

    Loved the pictures. thanks for creating such a great site. We are also in to cooler weather now, so it is nesting time. Now I can return to quilting as the garden and preserving is done – maybe!!

  5. Lee says:

    Hi Margaret- as much as I love viewing your exquisite garden pictures the time has come for a confession… I’m desperately in love with your gorgeous cat….he’s the most beautiful tuxedo I’ve ever seen( and the expression in those fabulous eyes shows he agrees with me…) Soooo….any chance of a Jack slideshow…? Please give him a scritch under the chin from me – Jack the DC for President I say….

  6. Karen P. says:

    Margaret, thanks for the timing of this slide show. I just bought a house in Claverack (we’re neighbors!), and didn’t know the name of a plant that just began blooming lovely purple flowers in my new yard. Your photo of the giant bush clover gave me my answer!

  7. Sheri says:

    Here in Iowa we call the orb spider in your slideshow a barn spider. A real beaut has been hanging out for a month on a web slung between an arbor vitae and our porch rail, fascinating and horrifying the neighborhood kids who can’t understand why we don’t kill the monster. It’s a learning opportunity for them.

  8. vanessa says:

    Hi Margaret,
    Beautiful slideshow. Can you say more about the fermenting tomato seeds..is that a way to save the seed? And what is the actual name of the big bush clover..gorgeous!

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