Things I noticed in the cooler days in my back yard:
The mistflower in the back is white, not blue.. It has always been eaten before it flowered, but has been spared this year. I'm glad to see the white blooms, which smell lovely. If I had time I'd stalk whatever bug has decided to chomp large bites out of the leaves..
The (known) white mistflower in the front was low key but hardy through the summer, then put on a beautiful show of flowers that smell wonderful..
I saw a Monarch flitting around it, but it vanished before I moved to get a phone or camera :)
My chicks are adolescents now, wandering the yard with the big girls but coming back to their safe "chicken tractor" for dust baths and comfort.. Their brown and orange markings echo the feel of fall, so I've named two of them in honor of the season: Pumpkin and Walnut (though maybe I should change Walnut to Pecan for a more regional name!). Below is Cross-Beak (not my most inventive name) looking plump and happy in a dust bath:
Pumpkin (below).. standing almost on top of her sister..
I try to balance the chickens and the garden, but the hens seem to be winning over my new beds. They have plucked the leaves off my newly transplanted Henry Duelberg salvia, blackfoot daisy, flameleaf acanthus and purple salvias, so I may wrap the new plants in chicken wire for a few months to protect them.. Plants they ignore include:
Everpresent Carolina snailseed, putting on a pretty fall show of berries.
Tropical milkweed, laying down it's deep taproot in the new bed!
Cenizo blooming after a small rain..
They are happy to have pumpkin left-overs in the compost heap to eat.. I hope everyone had a fun Halloween!