Autumn in the Rosehaven Cottage gardens: Sun's last rays

Sun's last rays

Digitally painted photo

In between the much-needed rain showers we've been receiving this week, I took the time to duck out into the garden and take some photos of the last vestiges of summer as well as the first signs of autumn.

Summer lasts longer and autumn comes later here in our climate. Sunflowers are a flower of August, September and October for me. This lovely is one of the last bunch blooming in the shaggy front garden that is in dire need of a "haircut".

Until the last heatwaves end and the autumn rains come in the latter part of October, the garden has to remain on the shaggy side to conserve water and prevent burn that could occur on newly trimmed roses and other bushes. The uncut fennel and sunflowers going to seed on their heady high stalks make for lovely natural bird feeders where finches, oak titmice and bushtits feed on their delectable seeds. The birds' flitting provides copious entertainment for the indoor kitties as they peer out the large living room picture window. With noses almost touching the glass their teeth chatter and whiskers twitter silently as they enjoy the show.

Over the next few posts, I'll be showing more vignettes of what this unique seasonal transition looks like in our gardens here at Rosehaven Cottage.

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  1. Beautiful! Being a Kansan, sunflowers are one of my favorites. I really enjoy your blog.

  2. Beautiful photo to say good by to summer!

  3. I love sunflowers and this one looks so dainty and precious. It's definitely a lovely photo.

    Deanna :D

  4. I can just picture your kitties at the window. I love the contrast between the brilliant sunflower in full bloom next to the withered and worn one behind. Lovely.

    I'm looking forward to the tour through your autumn garden.



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