Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Rustling

The sunny utility meadow really has it going on right now. There are more things blooming than you could shake a stick at. There are even plenty of unknowns of lesser bloom drama that were not deliberately introduced or encouraged, hiding in the early fall flower extravaganza and pretending they are of equal stature.

A closer look at the white, Great Blue Lobelia reveals it does have two pale lavender lips.

The lone Ligularia has been blooming for a couple of weeks now. I think this may be Ligularia dentata 'Othello'.

I heard a rustling and thought I saw something moving. I stuck a big stick in there and poked it around and nothing came out. Eh, it must have been the wind, so I went about my business. Halfway through the job, the bat flew out. Aaack!

I grabbed the ladder and held on. That last piece of siding would have pancaked it to the cabin.

The siding on the back kitchen wall is done now. The caulk is on around the window and at the siding/corner trim seams. Next I just have to climb back up there and paint. Some other day perhaps.

The trim for the half circle window is painted and will be ready to put on when it is dry. Then that bit of wall can be finished. The wasp nest was sprayed and I will check for bats before I get started.

The stepping stone landing at the service entrance was expanded and sand swept into the joints. I can wait for rain to wash it clean. Shouldn't be a long wait.

The wood framing for a mini metal roof over the electric meter is almost done. Water and snow from the roof above falls on the meter box and splashes against the house causing mold, rust and icebergs. Not good, so it needs to be deflected from off the top of the meter box.

The blue asters are beginning to stir. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, the New England Aster, the big one, at upwards of six feet tall if it stays standing is making its appearance. The aster gift from Frances at Fairegarden, Tennessee is a miniature duplicate of this giant. That is why I found it hard to believe they were the same species. I compared them closely though and they look just alike. Hers is just half the size.

Symphyotrichum cordifolium, the Blue Wood Aster brings the bloom season to a close. This aster will turn the whole mountain top blue following the fading white of the current display of the Ageratina altissima, the White Snakeroot.

The blue aster show still waits in the wings. The curtains are rustling.


Lola said...

Gorgeous pics. The first one is the tops for me. Does the little orange ones pop when you touch them?
That rustling would have been it for me. Don't like strange noises of things I can't see.
The Cozy Cabin is almost ready to make her debut as she has got her back coat almost finished. Just a little more rouge to soften her. When she gets all her attire on she will be one fine looking lady.

Christopher C. NC said...

Hi Lola. Yes the orange Jewel Weed seeds do explode when you touch them. I will be so happy when the siding is done. Yes she will look wonderful and even better once she is all painted.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christopher~~ Beautiful photos. I'm curious about the purple plumes at the very back in the first photo.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Do you have bears on that mountain? That white lobelia is lovely. I have only seen the blue around here.

Frances said...

Hi Christopher, man, I am so glad you had the wherewithal to cling to the ladder as the bat flew out! Good reflexes! The cabin is looking fantastic, like Lola said. Do you refer to it as a she? For those eyes at the top do seem rather like a cat, male or female. Thanks for the link love. I still don't understand those little asters, but have begun spreading them all over since the bloom time is so long and they make so many babies. The pinker ones are much taller and tend to fall over without neighbors holding it up. The cordifolia you gave me is not open yet, and the leaves at the bottom are awful, but I seem to remember you saying yours were like that too. Must plant some friends to hide those knobby knees. Your sunny meadow is like a symphony!


Anonymous said...

Holy moly; that bat's gonna git you yet! I wonder what it's thinking about this giant interloper!
The cabin is looking great, complete with allllllll the many details that go into such a project. You are a master craftsman. A builder would have thrown it up there and walked away.
I bet the view from the ladder (besides the bat) must be spectacular?


Gail said...

Christopher, I love the sunny meadow...It must be a damper soil to have lobelia and ligularia...we wish it were so here! But don't let the Susans here me complaining! Our asters haven't started blooming yet, but when they do...It is a symphony of colors and buzzing bees. What is that fluffy purple plume in the way back of the first photo?...It's scrumptious with the goldenrod.

The outside of the cabin looks almost complete. Just in time for winter.