We've had the most wonderful summer as far as the weather goes. Everything was a month ahead and so is fall. Flowers that don't normally bloom until September are in bloom now and most of the potted up annuals have seen their day. I've been cutting back perennials, another job that I don't usual do for another month or so. I started lavender plants from seed this spring and finally got them in the ground this week. Although they are still only small plants, the smell is heady. I know it's early days, after all it's still August, but this planter looked quite lost and empty with the summer flowers gone so I decided to fill it with some fall decorations I had.
I haven't taken many pictures of bugs this year, one of my favorite subjects I must admit. There are loads of bees in the garden which is great to see. Strangely, I haven't seen any of the larger garden spiders.
So, here's a lovely butterfly, a butterfly with a bee and a strange looking (moth, maybe) with a bee.
I started these flowers from seed last year, both the yellow and rust. They were only babies when winter came on and the truth of it is, I had forgotten about them. You can imagine how pleased I was when they came into bloom this year. I just love them.
And, to end off, some neat things I found at the Goodwill on the last visit.