I am still getting strawberries in late September. Nothing like the prolific crop that was producing in June and July, but I get a bowl like this every few days now and they still taste summer sweet.
These are everbearing 'Mara des Bois' strawberries, but I never thought everbearing meant they would be giving me such juicy big fruits in late September. They are starting to make me think of Christmas ornaments.
While I expect bold flowering asters and mums to grab attention in fall, it seems unseasonable to see begonias and clematis blooming now. They look delicate and springlike to me, not like autumn at all.
These hardy begonias (Begonia grandis) are from a plant that Lee May gave me last year. I am stunned at how lush and full this row is, all from a couple of dug-up divisions that he brought over.
They are unusual -- a white flowered Begonia grandis, rather than the more common pink. So un-fall like and a delight, both for their delicacy and for the reminder of a gift shared by a special gardener.
Thanks, Lee. I think of you every time I walk by this grand grandis display!
The white clematis 'Henryi' is re-blooming, It does that in fall, after taking the summer off, but it still seems unseasonable. Is it really autumn here?
Another white clematis, C. viticella 'Alba Luxurians' is also re-blooming. This clematis blooms its head off into early summer, and then I cut it down to the ground in July when the flowers have gone by and the vine starts to look tattered. By late September it has fully regrown, and blooms again.
And here is a completely unseasonable sight: Christmas in autumn. This beautiful huge specimen of a spruce caught our attention at the Biltmore gardens in Asheville, North Carolina when we were there last week. It was lit by the morning sun, decorated more festively than any garlanded holiday tree.
A very unseasonable surprise indeed. Merry September!