Spider lilies and hurricanes and Labor Day.

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.

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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!

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The Labor Day was a lazy day for us. It began at Cup A Joe, as usual. It was very busy!

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Lunch was at The Wild Cook’s Indian Grill! I live forĀ Indian food! I expecially love Naan bread and Indian style rice pudding.

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And shopping the Indian grocery stores! Andy was looking for whole coriander. Look at those plantains and bananas!

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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!

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The man now owns me for 60 months!

:-)

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A change is in the air!

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!

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Annual poinsettia – a great reseeder!

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And shiso (perilla) with woodland phlox- a great burgundy accent!

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And Rudbeckia laciniata

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Also, the garden spiders are hard at work- although, out of focus!

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And a change in my mode of transportation!

A Fiat 500 POP!

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How retro? And in what looks like that 60s avocado green!

Yum!

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Another sign the Summer is comming to an end: Autumn Clematis

The Autumn Clematis are beginning to bloom. They are so fragrant and bloom heavily such they look like snow! The fragrant is so strong that the scent drifts up to 20 feet with a breeze!

After the blooms, fluffy seed heads form which can last all winter. They can be weedy as the seeds readily germinate all over the garden.

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