By this time of the season many of the aggressive annuals have become unruly and so thick and tall you have to take almost drastic measures to get the situation under control!
The shiso or perilla is just such a plant which requires this treatment! They are five feet tall. They often form thick stands around the garden because they are heavy reseeders!
When you enter the gate to backyard you are greeted with this thicket!
The path to the rear garden is barely noticeable with a thicket of Keira to the left and perilla to the right.
With hand pruners I removed the perilla along the path and the Keira will most likely be relocated.
The beds around the patio required the most drastic measure… The mower! It was a jungle of perilla, four-o-clocks, obedient plant, and who knows what else?
Much better! Amazing how fast those guys can grow!
I was surprised to discovered the cholchicums are blooming! The are like a giant fall blooming crocus! Beautiful! They seem to pop up overnight!
And the Incense Passion flower!
Of course, Gus took the opportunity to enjoy the sun on this 90 degree day!
He is 60 pounds of black Labrador/Pitt-bull baby!
Lycoris are common bulbs along the coast. They are called hurricane lilies because their blooming season coincides with hurricane season. They are commonly called spider lilies because of the long anthers where resemble spiders legs .
They are more commonly called surprise lilies because the blooms pop up with no leaves to announce them in the Fall.
The leaves last throughout the Winter and die back in the Spring. During the Summer I often forget where they are planted until they bloom almost overnight!
The Labor Day was a lazy day for us. It began at Cup A Joe, as usual. It was very busy!
Lunch was at The Wild Cook’s Indian Grill! I live for Indian food! I expecially love Naan bread and Indian style rice pudding.
And shopping the Indian grocery stores! Andy was looking for whole coriander. Look at those plantains and bananas!
It seems like no one left town because everywhere was so busy! The students at NCSU have been back for a few weeks and thinks should settle down .
I did purchased a new little car: a Fiat 500 POP in retro green!
The man now owns me for 60 months!
The nights have cooled considerably. The day temps barely reach 80f and the nights have been as low as the mid-60s. Of course, we typically can have a heat wave as late as November!
More autumn bloomers are also signaling a change is around the corner!
Ginger lilies- so fragrant!
Annual poinsettia – a great reseeder!
And shiso (perilla) with woodland phlox- a great burgundy accent!
And Rudbeckia laciniata
Also, the garden spiders are hard at work- although, out of focus!
And a change in my mode of transportation!
A Fiat 500 POP!
How retro? And in what looks like that 60s avocado green!