Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rain, glorious rain!

The month of September was very dry here in New England. But with the change of month came a change in the weather. The first two days of October gave us more rain than the whole month of September. And the plants rejoiced!

This is Mexican feather grass. It just barely (usually) survives my winters but that makes this a perfect place to grow it - it doesn't get a chance to spread aggressively like it can in warmer climates.

Young Mexican feather grass. It does reseed but the seedlings do not usually get large enough to survive the next winter.

A fall planted pansy. This will survive the winter and will provide nice, early spring blooms next year.

Culinary sage. The leaves have small hairs that trap the water, causing it to form droplets.

And, of course, every spider wed in the garden is outlined. I'm really pleased to see a lot of webs this fall. When we moved in, 5 1/2 years ago, this property had a total chem lawn and the first year I did not see a grasshopper or spider (and barely any bees). Now my yard is full of life. Just the way I like it.

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