Last photos from late summer

Hosta bloom

The hostas are finally blooming now that summer has come to an end. It was cool, and the cloudiest one ever.

Pickerel weed bloom

Despite all the raccoon harvesting done to it, the pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata) finally bloomed.

Bee on zigzag goldenrod

The bees have moved on from the Joe Pye weed to the zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis), which is prostrate in the shady side yard.

Fall crop of raspberries - first part

The early crop of Caroline raspberries was not particularly impressive, but the canes are really starting to produce now.  Even farmer’s market raspberries are not as fragrant and delicious as backyard ones!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Those are my sentimental favorite hostas, and the blooms are so pretty and fragrant. Hummingbirds hardly go after our fuchsia (normally their favorite plant here,) while h. plantaginea’s in bloom.

    Very cool that your pickerel weed decided to bloom in spite of the raccoons – must be a pretty tough plant!

    The raspberries we planted this spring were chewed to the ground by something and never re-emerged. Nothing like home-grown berries – yours look beautiful and delicious!


  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on September 3, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Ugh, I hope your raspberries come up next spring – the Carolines were chewed down to the ground this past winter and now they’re over 5′ high! If not, there’s always next year.

    I should think about dividing up the hostas this fall since they are so lovely and there are many shady spots that could use them. I haven’t spotted any hummingbirds in Oak Park yet, but I’m going to keep trying….


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