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Whirring and Buzzing

by Maggie Tate (gardengirl)

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Photos of fall blooms and critters in the garden.

Ahh, it's Fall...or at least isn't 100 degrees anymore. With 3 days of lovely rain and cooler temps, the garden is recovering from the wicked heat of our summer.  68 days over 100 degrees - it's feels like nearly a miracle anything survived.  So, kudos to the blooming American Beautyberry, Cedar Sage, Mexican Bush Sage, Chile Pequin and Agaves in my yard for hanging in there through the hottest summer in Austin's history. (They are all deer resistant, too) Today, with the sun peeking out between the showers - the plants were blessedly alive with blooms and critters.  I have never seen so many hummingbirds in my garden at once - at least 3 chirrping and zipping all around the Turk's Cap and Salvia.  Watching and photographing them was a great way to spend the afternoon.  During out time outside, my daughter and I also spotted many bees in the Turk's Cap, a fence lizard scurrying into the vegetable garden and a VERY LARGE grasshpper in the banana tree. We were also delighted to view the the annual fly by of geese overhead, another harbinger of the change of season.  Whew, we made it. 

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Great pictures, gardengirl! Love the hummingbirds! You guys have a lot of hummingbird species in Texas, don't you? Lucky! We only have one here in Florida--the rubythroated hummingbird. I also love your beautyberry! My son has these growing wild on his property, and I also see them a lot when hiking the state parks. Prettiest "wildflower" out there!
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Daylilyjoy commented on 11/20/09
Thanks! Yes, the beautyberries are gorgeous - I look forward to it every year.
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gardengirl replied: on 11/20/09
Love the pictures of all the critters. Glad you made it to the other side of the heat!
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butterfly commented on 09/15/09

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