|Sometimes it rained so hard we couldn't see the waterfall|
Wait a minute! Wasn't it just a couple of days ago we were visiting Christopher C and his fabulous Mom, Bulbarella, enjoying their wildflower gardens and stunning rhododendrons?
|Drop dead gorgeous Rhodys in the Carrie gardens outside Clyde|
|Biltmore in May|
Then wasn't it yesterday we spent Memorial Day checking out the winners of the first Biltmore International Rose Trials? It certainly seems like yesterday. So how come the calender now says September 12th? And what happened to June, July and August?
Looking back, our summer was literally washed away. We had over 30 inches of rain in July alone, and spent most of August looking out the window at dark skies and watching the veggie garden drown.
And of course, a sea of blackspot washed over the roses.
|Ironweed (a member of the aster family) and Joe Pye|
Summer may have evaporated, but I'm going to savor every minute of this September show. Because I am certainly not ready for mums, pumpkins and black cats.
|A field of sunflowers near Highlands|
|Red Bleeding Heart (Clerodendrum thomsoniae)|
|Sedum looking like refreshing cones of strawberry ice cream|
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and buddleia|
|Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and phlox|
|Green-headed coneflowers (I think) growing along our trail|