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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Aug 31, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Labor Day.... the end of summer almost here. What changes in your garden mean fall is coming?

Besides all the pine needles that start needing to be cleaned out of my iris bed, and the ripening of hundreds of figs, the end of summer is when these strange protuberances start appearing on my iris fans:
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Heeee! Green Grin!

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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 31, 2014 12:30 PM CST
Yup -- mine too!!!!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Aug 31, 2014 12:52 PM CST
Been on mine for a couple of months, now. And on the Daylilies...the Dianthus...the Agastache...the Gazanias...the...
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 31, 2014 1:08 PM CST
Yeah, we've had cicadas for quite a while now, and the ******cicada killer wasps that go with them !..............................Arlyn
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Aug 31, 2014 1:09 PM CST
One would think they were around here, as well, and I feel extraordinarily happy that I have not seen one of them up close and in person, Arlyn. Blinking Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Aug 31, 2014 1:51 PM CST
I am not sure I know what the wasps look like either. But then, we have lots of wasps.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Aug 31, 2014 1:52 PM CST
What do the good wasps look like? I have these very dark bluish black wasps that never bother me and fly around the flowers happily with the honey bees.
Don't make fear based decisions.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Aug 31, 2014 3:09 PM CST
Arlyn posted a photograph of one and it is scary looking! Blinking Blinking
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 31, 2014 3:34 PM CST
Dragonflies are disappearing.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 31, 2014 5:19 PM CST
Not here -- yet. I'm glad -- I enjoy them. Especially after the Barn Swallows leave -- the sky seems empty.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Aug 31, 2014 5:38 PM CST
Dragonflies thrive here too, or Snake Doctors as some old timers call them.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 31, 2014 5:43 PM CST
I know fall is coming when the ****squirrels start burying black walnuts in my iris beds Grumbling !
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Aug 31, 2014 6:16 PM CST
I noticed the first digging by squirrels today. They tend to aviod the iris though, thank heavens. We still have plenty of dragonflies and fireflies.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 31, 2014 6:26 PM CST
I love my barn swallows, and really hate when they leave for the winter. Also the bats flying around in the evening are so fun, and when they leave, all that's left are the darn sparrows. All they're good for is eating my chicken's corn. Hilarious! I know it's fall when the smell of dead leaves lingers in the air, and there's sticky gooie carmel apples in the store. Sticking tongue out I know it's fall when Orian greats me in the morning sky when I take the dogs out. I know it's fall when I have to shut the chickens up at 7:30 as they're all clustered on the roost already. I know it's fall when I have to wrap a blanket around me to keep warm. I know it's fall when I have to dig the potatoes and sweet potatoes. I know it's fall when I'm hungry for a pot of chili. I think I'd really like fall a lot more if I knew it wasn't followed by winter. nodding
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Aug 31, 2014 6:30 PM CST
I understand that Linnea. I love fall. It has a life all it's own. I love opening the windows and then wrapping myself in a blanket to stay warm. And the wind plays tricks with you. A great season except it leads to winter.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Aug 31, 2014 6:30 PM CST
Smiling
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 31, 2014 7:05 PM CST

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Cicada killer wasps are about the most docile species of wasp there is. The males sometimes persistently buzz around you, but it's not aggression. They just investigate anything that moves as a potential mate. You have to work pretty hard to get yourself stung by one.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Aug 31, 2014 8:04 PM CST
Good to know. Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Aug 31, 2014 9:53 PM CST
Tom -- I agree with you about the Barn Swallows. The Martins leave first -- usually the last week of July. The Barn Swallows stay a couple of weeks longer. I hate it when the birds leave. I never notice when the bats leave -- they're so unobtrusive. Shrug!

Bonnie -- I never heard them called that -- Snake Doctors. How odd -- wonder why they are called that?
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Sep 1, 2014 1:05 AM CST
Don't get me (or my dog) going on the squirrels burying the black walnuts... (Squirrel!!)

We don't get cicadas here, but I just noticed some whiteflies on some of the iris Grumbling

I've noticed that night comes too quickly now.. I've got touches of color on some of the trees.. A little early here, but I believe it to be drought induced.. apples and tomatoes are ripe and putting me into overtime.. More canning.. 'tis the season.
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.

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