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September Garden

September Garden
Stephanie's September Garden
Today, Monday, August 29, as I watched my grandchildren get their First Day Of School Photos taken, I took a few of my own to share with you.


My daughter and her family bought my in-law’s home next door to my house. My in-laws moved to the other side of my daughter into my husband’s grandparent’s house. So as you can tell, I am incredibly blessed to have some of my family next door. My son and his family only live about 20 minutes away, and my mother about 10 minutes. So life is good.


While standing by the fence watching the kids drive off this morning, I glanced to my left. Oh my! My beautiful ‘Pocomoke’ Crape Myrtle that John Reed (“the Cowboy,” to those that spent any time in our woody plants department) helped me pick out.


I have watched this plant grow, turn green, and maybe get a few blooms for years. I have protected it each spring from my husband, who would swear it must be dead. Look at it now!


As I walked closer, I could see the bumble bees loaded with pollen enjoying the blooms as much as I did. Thank goodness, so far, the deer have left it alone. Last night my husband chased away two curious deer from our backyard. I know they had their eyes on this plant or even the daylily blooms that opened up this morning.


It has been a summer with the never-ending parade of deer that munched their way through my daylilies, geraniums, and hosta. Even my balloon flowers did not stand a chance. Never before have they been so bold. Maybe because of the construction up the road from us, they decided my yard was their pathway to the farm across the street.


Enjoy your September garden as you prepare for Fall with all the wonders of this season.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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