Gardens at Effingham: Where Cats Write the Tales

Seeing the Gardens: A Cat’s Eye View

Close up photo of Most Beloved Cat at Gardens at Effingham

Red and Orange Dwarf Mounding Chokeberry in Fall in the Midwest, Gardens at Effingham
Chokeberry in Fall, Gardens at Effingham

Seeing the Gardens: A Cat’s Eye View

…Says She, Making a List

Doves in the ground apples
Yellow and red chrysanthemums
Orange Canna Lillie still blooming
Lilirope (lily turf) blooming.


Birds—little birds and songbirds—bathing in the water garden falls
Chipmunk? Not yet, though perfect day for sunning
Squirrels? No
White moths, Yes
Yellow Goldfinches? Now brown


Apples grounded
Though still some red in the sun
Lavender blooming wildly
Lily pads lingering still
Water/ butter lettuce full and thriving

Fish nibbling on water lettuce leaves


Sun garden birdfeeder quite busy
3 doves fluttering “coo, coo” beneath the apple tree
Yellow Moonbeam Coreopsis will need replaced next year
Purple Verbena is brilliant
And Salvia and Coneflowers, white speedwell, and heliotrophe galore


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Chrysanthemums

Orange, red, and yellow chrysanthemum in the Fall in the Midwest at Gardens at Effingham
Yellow, Red, and Orange Chrysantheumum in Fall

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Liriope

Liriope (known as Blue Lily Turf) has green and white striped grasslike leaves and is in full bloom in late summer in the Midwest at Gardens at Effingham
Blue Lily Turf (Liriope) in Summer

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Ground Apples

Ground apples in shades of green and red scattered beneath an apple tree with a few branches in the foreground. Brick wall in background of photo. Gardens at Effingham, Midwest Gardening
Green and Red Ground Apples in Fall


Monarda and perennials need moved to sun garden (next year)
Chipmunk! Chubby cheeks

Scared the frog! Birds in the feeder—the suet ball is empty
Starlings en masse have been gorging themselves

Brilliant Red Cardinal and Bluejay ground feeding
Yellow and red chrysanthemums
Red-winged blackbird
Later, a red-bellied woodpecker, always eating alone

And two downy woodpeckers, not eating together, but both frequent visitors to the seed cakes


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